regEx to remove spaces ?

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Wed May 17 16:34:04 EDT 2006

jbv wrote:
> Hi list,
> Is it possible to use regEx to remove spaces before and
> after quotes, and, if yes, how ?
> Example :
>     my " beautiful " laundrette
> becomes
>     my "beautiful" laundrette

This was harder than I thought it would be. I have something I think 
works, but it isn't elegant and others can probably improve on it:

on mouseUp
   put fld 1 into tData
   put replaceText(tData,"\s{2,}",space) into tData --replace multispaces
   replace cr with " **CR** " in tData
   repeat for each word w in tData
     get w
     if it contains quote then
       replace quote with empty in it
       get quote & word 1 to -1 of it & quote
     end if
     put it & space after tText
   end repeat
   delete last char of tText
   replace " **CR** " with cr in tText
   put tText into fld 2
end mouseUp

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
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