Help with regex needed

Here is the array I am scanning:
["\n<td>&nbsp;<a href=\"/search~S13?/rWR%20121/rwr+121/1,7,9,B/
frameset~2489041&FF=rwr+121&1,1,\">The Academic Writer: A Brief Guide</

\n</td>\n<td >\n&nbsp;Ede, Lisa\n</td>\n\n<td >\n&nbsp;Valley

Reserves -- VR 282 -- AVAILABLE\n</td>\n\n<td >\n&nbsp;\n</td>\n\n</

\n<tr>\n<td>&nbsp;<a href=\"/search~S13?/rWR%20121/rwr+121/1,7,9,B/

frameset~1334646&FF=rwr+121&1,1,\">Cultural literacy : what every
American needs to know / E.D. Hirsch, Jr. ; with an appendix, What li</

\n</td>\n<td >\n&nbsp;Hirsch, E. D. (Eric Donald), 1928-\n</td>\n

\n<td >\n&nbsp;Valley Reserves -- LC149 .H57 1987 -- AVAILABLE\n</td>
\n\n<td >\n&nbsp;\n</td>]

I am trying to get the values (all but newlines and such) out from in
between the <td> </td>

Tried this :
s.first.scan(/\<td \>(.*?)\<\/td\>/mi)
But I never get the first <td> a href values.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks. Kim

because the first <td> is not a <td > of course. Your regexp looks for:
  /\<td \>
       ^
Did you mean something like %r{<td\b[^>]*>(.*?)</td>}mi

Note that %r{} for a regexp literal can be more convenient when you hope to match a slash.

-Rob

Rob Biedenharn http://agileconsultingllc.com
Rob@AgileConsultingLLC.com