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SubstituteCompletely ( text; searchString; replaceString )

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Peter Wagemans, SHpartners

A better Substitute() function

Sample Input:
Substitute ( "abbbbc"; "bb"; "b")

SubstituteCompletely ( "abbbbc"; "bb"; "b")
Sample Output:


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This function substitutes multiple instances of a search string. Handy for removing excess spaces, returns or tabs from a text.
revision history:
20050511: added "and not PatternCount ( replaceString ; searchString )" to keep the function from going into a loop when the replacement string contains the search string. Thanks to Steven Sanders for pointing that out.

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It would be nice if this function followed the built-in Substitute() function allowing multiple DIFFERENT searching strings to be specified (delimited via brackets).

Bill Doerrfeld, Seattle
April 30, 2009 3:08pm

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