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Text_Wrap_Around ( Text ; limit_around )

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Thomas Siebert, Thomas Siebert

Wraps text around specific number of characters, preserving manually set line breaks. Words usually stay complete.

Sample Input:
Text_Wrap_Around ( "Why is six afraid of seven? Because 7 8 9." ; 12 )
Sample Output:
Why is six afraid
of seven? Because
7 8 9.

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Wraps text around specific number of characters.
manually set returns (¶) will be recognized correctly.
usually words remain complete.
if the limit is set very short words will be broken.
no problems with special characters found.
Text length is limited to ~10000 Lines.

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


5 most recent comments | Show all 9 comments

Hi Thomas,

For me, this is perfect.
I vote the maximum rate !



Bernard Moreau, Belgium, Borchtlombeek
May 04, 2016 1:56pm

Error found:

if text ends with:
"Bernard Moreau, Belgium
May 03, 2016 3:34am"

… the last line will be missing.

but if works with a blank before "am" :

"Bernard Moreau, Belgium
May 03, 2016 3:34 am"

Thomas Siebert, Germany, Hamburg
May 05, 2016 7:42am

Indeed, this last new version is not stable :
- error you pointed out (line with "3:34am" missing)
- some errors with ¶ return in text
- not keeping the linespaces between 2 paragraphs ( = .¶¶ or more repeated ¶ returns)

Previous version (I fortunately keeped) didn't generated the first error and was nicely compact. Knowing it was not managing the '¶ return' in text, for me it was more convenient.

Bernard Moreau, Belgium, Borchtlombeek
May 09, 2016 2:37am

I have the function rewritten once again.
seems a lot better then the last version
and more flexible then the first stable version.

Thomas Siebert, Germany, Hamburg
May 13, 2016 9:28pm

Much better, thank you.
Last remaining error, depending of the limit_around length, ¶ end of paragraph sometimes becomes ¶¶ (adds one line space).

Bernard Moreau, Belgium, Borchtlombeek
May 16, 2016 3:08am

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