Search / replace

Jim Bufalini jim at
Fri Feb 19 22:48:00 EST 2010

Glen Bojsza wrote:

> Sorry to bother everyone but either I'm tired or brain dead.
> I have a field which has hundreds of lines.
> For all [ in the field I need to check to see if the character to it's
> immediate left is a number.
> If it is a number then the [ is to be converted into an _.
> If it is not a number then the [ is to be removed (no substitution or
> spaces).
> I need to be able to cycle through the entire field which each line may
> contain several [.
> Any thoughts would be appreciated as I have tried using a combination
> of
> find characters and foundchunk on the field without success.

Use the *offset()* function as in:

On replaceChar
	Local tOffset, tCharsToSkip, tFieldText
	put 0 into tCharsToSkip
	put fld "theFieldName" into tFieldText
		put offset("[",tFieldText,tCharsToSkip) into tOffset
		if tOffset = 0 then exit repeat
		if char (tOffset - 1) of tFieldText is an integer then
			replace char tOffset of tFieldText with "_"
			put tOffset + 1 into tCharsToSkip
			replace char tOffset of tFieldText with empty
			put tOffset into tCharsToSkip
	end repeat
	put tFieldText into fld "theFieldName"
end replaceChar

Aloha from Hawaii,

Jim Bufalini

More information about the Use-livecode mailing list