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AbbreviateText ( text )

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François Goulet,

Returns the first letter of each word in a text in upper case, each separated by a period and a space.

Sample Input:
Ex.1: AbbreviateText ( "Jean-Paul Sartre" )
Ex.2: AbbreviateText ( "Mary Jane Andrews" )
Sample Output:
Ex.1: J.-P. S.
Ex.2: M. J. A.

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This custom function (Inspired by Ray Cologon's "Acronym" c.f.) will return the first letter of each word in a text (in upper case), seperated by a period and a space. Please note that hyphonated words such as the name "Jean-Paul Sartre" will return" J.-P. S.". Examples:

AbbrereviateText ( "Paul Wakes" ) will return: P. W.
AbbrereviateText ( "Mary Jane Andrews" ) will return: M. J. A.
AbbrereviateText ( "Jean" ) will return: J.
AbbrereviateText ( "Jean-Paul" ) will return: J.-P.
AbbrereviateText ( "Jean-Paul Sartre" ) will return: J.-P. S.
AbbrereviateText ( "as soon as possible" ) will return: A. S. A. P.

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i believe that in this country the hyphen is not used. In most cases a spaceis used, but I've also seen no space, too. You might want to think about a type parameter that could let the user choose.

Bart Bartholomay, Florida
January 27, 2013 2:18pm

Thanks for your comment Bart...

When quoting a French author in a paper written either in French or English, I believe one needs to leave hyphens where required (as well as spaces) when using the APA sources reference style (e.g. "Jean-Paul Sartre" would need to be referenced as "SARTRE, J.-P.").

Your comment did however prompt me to write a new cf. (that references the AbbreviateFirstName cf.) which will allow the suppression of spaces and/or hyphens that would otherwise be present when using the AbbreviateFirstName cf. alone.

François Goulet, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
January 28, 2013 5:36am

By the way, the new custom function referred to in my previous post is named "AbbreviateFirstNameCustom"

François Goulet, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
January 28, 2013 10:37am

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