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jQuery alterClass plugin: Remove element classes with wildcard matching. Optionally add classes.

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/**
* jQuery alterClass plugin
*
* Remove element classes with wildcard matching. Optionally add classes:
* $( '#foo' ).alterClass( 'foo-* bar-*', 'foobar' )
*
* Copyright (c) 2011 Pete Boere (the-echoplex.net)
* Free under terms of the MIT license: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php
*
*/
(function ( $ ) {
$.fn.alterClass = function ( removals, additions ) {
var self = this;
if ( removals.indexOf( '*' ) === -1 ) {
// Use native jQuery methods if there is no wildcard matching
self.removeClass( removals );
return !additions ? self : self.addClass( additions );
}
 
var patt = new RegExp( '\\s' +
removals.
replace( /\*/g, '[A-Za-z0-9-_]+' ).
split( ' ' ).
join( '\\s|\\s' ) +
'\\s', 'g' );
 
self.each( function ( i, it ) {
var cn = ' ' + it.className + ' ';
while ( patt.test( cn ) ) {
cn = cn.replace( patt, ' ' );
}
it.className = $.trim( cn );
});
 
return !additions ? self : self.addClass( additions );
};
 
})( jQuery );

This is really useful! Is it possible to replace many classes pattern with one call? For example
'alert-* status-* type-*'

Currently this method only seems to work if the classes are in that order. Ideally, it would work regardless of the order.

Thoughts?

Good work! Very helpful...

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