JavaScript: String.indexOf(…) allowing regular-expressions?

Instances of the String constructor have a .search() method which accepts a RegExp and returns the index of the first match.

To start the search from a particular position (faking the second parameter of .indexOf()) you can slice off the first i characters:


But this will get the index in the shorter string (after the first part was sliced off) so you’ll want to then add the length of the chopped off part (i) to the returned index if it wasn’t -1. This will give you the index in the original string:

function regexIndexOf(text, re, i) {
    var indexInSuffix = text.slice(i).search(re);
    return indexInSuffix < 0 ? indexInSuffix : indexInSuffix + i;

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