Regular expression pattern element. Optional in <rule> elements.
Regular-expression pattern string.
The <expression> element can be empty or contain a simple search string or a regular-expression pattern. The pattern is applied to the entire request string.
A match always occurs when <expression> is empty or not specified; this is equivalent to specifying <expression>.*</expression> .
The implementation is based on the Java package java.util.regex , which provides regular expression syntax similar to Perl's.
The expression string must not contain literal < and & characters. These reserved characters can be encoded with & and < , respectively, or the entire string can be enclosed in an XML CDATA section:
All characters between the <expression> and </expression> tags are passed to the regular expression parser, including characters outside the optional CDATA section. Care should be taken to avoid extra whitespace.