# Split strings based on a character in the string

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**R** has various facilities for string manipulation including the **strsplit** function to divide a string into substrings based on matching to another string.

A simple example is shown below

> strsplit("<td class=\"objectName\"><a href=\"/path/test.html\" target=\"\" title=\"An Object\" class=\"myObject\">Stuff</a></td>", "<") [[1]] [1] "" [2] "td class=\"objectName\">" [3] "a href=\"/path/test.html\" target=\"\" title=\"An Object\" class=\"myObject\">Stuff" [4] "/a>" [5] "/td>" |

This is a basic example and there are many ways the **strsplit** function could be combined with other string handling operations for processing text streams.

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