I found some answers online, but I have no experience with regular expressions, which I believe is what is needed here.
I have a string that needs to be split by either a ';' or ', ' That is, it has to be either a semicolon or a comma followed by a space. Individual commas without trailing spaces should be left untouched
"b-staged divinylsiloxane-bis-benzocyclobutene [124221-30-3], mesitylene [000108-67-8]; polymerized 1,2-dihydro-2,2,4- trimethyl quinoline [026780-96-1]"
should be split into a list containing the following:
('b-staged divinylsiloxane-bis-benzocyclobutene [124221-30-3]' , 'mesitylene [000108-67-8]', 'polymerized 1,2-dihydro-2,2,4- trimethyl quinoline [026780-96-1]')
Luckily, Python has this built-in :)
import re re.split('; |, ',str)
Following your comment:
>>> a='Beautiful, is; better*than\nugly' >>> import re >>> re.split('; |, |\*|\n',a) ['Beautiful', 'is', 'better', 'than', 'ugly']
str.replace('; ', ', ') and then a