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convertSpecialChars(str)

Last updated January 3, 2011

author

Glen Salisbury

Version: 2 | Requires: CF5 | Library: StrLib

Description:
The function is useful for filtering out chars that may not display correctly when viewed in a text only format. Currently it converts open and close quotes to a normal qoute and converts slanted single quotes to normal single quotes

Return Values:
Returns a string.

Example:

<CFSET STR = "?special? quotes?">
<CFOUTPUT>
#STR# is converted to 
#ConvertSpecialChars(STR)#
</CFOUTPUT>
<I>You may need to "View Source" to see the changes.</I>

Parameters:

Name Description Required
str The string to modify. Yes

Full UDF Source:

/**
 * Reformats special chars typically found when copying and pasting from Word.
 * v2 by James Moberg
 * 
 * @param str 	 The string to modify. (Required)
 * @return Returns a string. 
 * @author Glen Salisbury (gsalisbury@collegepublisher.com) 
 * @version 2, January 3, 2011 
 */
function ConvertSpecialChars(textin) {
       var bad = "#chr(145)#,#chr(146)#,#chr(147)#,#chr(148)#,#chr(151)#,#CHR(8217)#,#CHR(8216)#,#chr(188)#,#chr(189)#,#chr(190)#,#chr(174)#,#chr(173)#,#chr(169)#,#chr(160)#,#chr(153)#,#chr(150)#,#chr(149)#,#chr(133)#,#CHR(8220)#,#CHR(8221)#";
       var good = "',',"","",-,',',1/4,1/2,3/4,(R),-,(C), ,TM,--,*,...,"",""";
       return ReplaceList(textin, bad, good);
}
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