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RemoveExtraSpace (field)

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Michael Alexander, none
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Changes multiple spaces into a single space

Sample Input:
The quick brown fox
Sample Output:
The quick brown fox


 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.

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Description:

Clean up input from users, making sure words in a string are separated by exactly one space.

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This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it

Discuss:

Thank you for the custom function.

However, to make this running, the content of CF would be:

If (PatternCount(field; " ") = 0; field; RemoveExtraSpace(Substitute(field; " "; " ")))

your CF content can work well if you have rename CF to be "RemoveSpaceSpace (field)"

Henry Iriawan, Indonesia
February 09, 2010 9:25pm

Sorry to say this is complete mess, even with Henry's correction.

Given that this CF is called RemoveExtraSpace, the code should be:

If (
PatternCount ( field ; " " ) = 0 ;
field ;
RemoveExtraSpace ( Substitute ( field ; " " ; " " ) ; " " )
)

I would also recommend to replace the parameter 'field' with 'text' which is more clear:

RemoveExtraSpace ( text )

If (
PatternCount ( text ; " " ) = 0 ;
text ;
RemoveExtraSpace ( Substitute ( text ; " " ; " " ) ; " " )
)

CouchCoder, Germany
May 30, 2014 12:49am

The mess continues, because double spaces are stripped in discussion posts.
Replace [Space] by spaces to get it right:

RemoveExtraSpace ( text )

If (
PatternCount ( text ; "[Space][Space]" ) = 0 ;
text ;
RemoveExtraSpace ( Substitute ( text ; "[Space][Space]" ; "[Space]" ) ; "[Space]" )
)

CouchCoder, Germany
May 30, 2014 12:57am

This one worked for me, using _ as the space char.
--
Case (
PatternCount ( text ; "__" ) ; RemoveExtraSpace ( Substitute ( text ; "__" ; "_" ) ) ;
text
)
--

I prefer Case over If, and I like the defaultResult to be the case when there are no counts of the pattern of double space. Positive logic, in other words. If the text is faulty, fix it, otherwise let it be.

Jens Rasmussen, Greve, Denmark
January 21, 2016 12:33am

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