Counting Chars By ASCII Part 2

Jim Ault JimAultWins at
Wed Mar 1 10:34:53 EST 2006

On 3/1/06 7:20 AM, "Todd Geist" <tg.lists at> wrote:

Question 1:
>          IF (tASCII < 31 OR tASCII > 255) THEN
Why would you test for > 255 since no ASCII would be higher than this?

Question 2:
Are you trying to strip the characters, or just count them and report the
result, like a histogram?

Could you show exactly what you are starting with and what you want to end
up with?


Jim Ault
Las Vegas

On 3/1/06 7:20 AM, "Todd Geist" <tg.lists at> wrote:

> Hello Again,
> After trying several of the excellent suggestions from all you
> revolutionaries, I realized I hadn't quite explained myself... go
> figure.  So here is another attempt to explain what I am after.
> I am actually after "low" ASCII and "High" ASCII characters that my
> have snuck into a text file. So I need to look at every character,
> but I don't need to count every character.  I just want the ones that
> have ASCII values below 32 and above 255 and that are not in a small
> set of allowed control characters.
> Based on the suggestions I got on the other thread, I came up with
> the following that produces the results I am after.  SPEED is
> critical here, since the files I am scanning maybe many mbs. I am
> wondering if any of you can improve on the design.  I  feel the need,
> the need for SPEED.  :>)
> put field 1 into tString
> put "10 11 12 29" into charsToIgnore
>      REPEAT for each char tChar in tString
>          put charToNum(tChar) into tASCII
>          IF (tASCII < 31 OR tASCII > 255) THEN
>              IF tASCII is not among the words of charsToIgnore THEN
>                  add 1 to tCounts[tASCII]
>              END IF
>          END IF
>      put the keys of tCounts into tChars
>      sort lines of tChars numeric
>      REPEAT for each line thisLine in tChars
>          put thisLine & TAB & tCounts[thisLine] & Return after newList
> put newList into field "Chars"
> Thanks in Advance
> Todd

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