Search and Replace

Dan Friedman dan at
Tue Oct 15 22:15:01 EDT 2002


I can't get [your] function to work.  It never exits out of the repeat.
Although the matchChunk does return true, the tStart and tEnd variables are
never being filled with anything.  What am I doing wrong?

(Please excuse my ignorance in regards to the matchChunk call.. I've read
the docs about a zillion times and I still don't get matchChunk and


> I'm here!  :-) It's a little tricky (what with the capitalization and
> everything), but here goes:
> function replaceGender whatText
> local tStart,tEnd
> put "he,him,himself,his,he's,boy,guy" into SearchWordsMale
> put "she,her,herself,her,she's,girl,gal" into SearchWordsFemale
> set the wholeMatches to true
> repeat forever
>   get
> matchChunk(whatText,"[^A-Za-z0-9](boy|h(e|im|is|imself|e's)|guy)[^A-Za-z0-9]
> ",tStart,tEnd)
>   if it is true then
>     put char tStart to tEnd of tText into tFoundChunk
>     put (charToNum(toUpper(char 1 of tFoundChunk)) = charToNum(char 1 of
> tFoundChunk) into isUpper
>     put itemOffset(tFoundChunk,SearchWordsMale) into tItem
>     if tItem <> 0 then
>       put item tItem of SearchWordsFemale into temp
>       if isUpper then put toUpper(char 1 of temp) into char 1 of temp
>       put temp into char tStart to tEnd of whatText
>     else
>       -- you decide... bail? error out? ignore?
>     end if
>   else
>     exit repeat
>   end if
> end repeat
> return whatText
> end replaceGender

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