Javascript search and replace

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  1. var str="foobar";
  2. var val="foo";
  3. var search='/'+val+'/i';
  4. alert(str.replace(search, '<strong>'+val+'</strong>'));
  6. // it alerts "foobar" and not "<strong>foo</strong>bar"

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