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mbourque
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Reid,
This is exactly what I was thinking — and I tried to explain it in my earlier post. Perhaps you never used MS outlook rules wizard — it works as you describe here.

Why not do a truly wizard wizard that accepts an English-language description of what you want it to do, and converts it into a regex? Admittedly not a lightweight task, but possible. Essentially, it would have to be a specialized parser with a back-end that either generated a text regex, as you suggested, or went straight to an NFA or DFA, whichever seemed more feasible (and I think most parser folk would answer that pretty much on the one side :) ).[/quote:30guos07]