"&quote&"

Dar Scott dsc at swcp.com
Mon Dec 30 23:40:00 EST 2002


On Monday, December 30, 2002, at 02:45 PM, Ivers, Doug E wrote:

> answer "She said, "&quote&"I do."&quote
>
> Seems like there should be a shorthand way of coding "&quote&".  I use 
> it frequently and it makes things difficult to read.  Javascript 
> handles this nicely by allowing the use of single quotes within double 
> quotes.

Here is a cool feature.  I dismissed format() when I first saw it as 
catering to C programmers, but so far it seems to be cleaner and better 
than the C format.  For some reason, this generates what you want:

put format("She said, \"I do.\"")

Think that is weird?  This does, too:

put format("She said, \"I" & "\"")

So this works:

put format( format( "She said, \\\"I"   &  "\\\"" ) )

The first parameter may be a variable and other expressions, but the 
language seems to shift to a special mode for literals.  Or something.  
I'm not sure what is going on.

What will this create?

put format( line 1 of "She said, \"I do.\"\nThat was 18 years ago.")


> P.S.  That was 18 years ago.

Much cooler than my format() tip!

Dar Scott




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