Checking for a list of charcters in a string

I came up with this function while trying to validate a filename for a script.  The function will take a string and a list of characters to look for and will return true if the string contains one or more of those characters.  An example would be looking for \/:*?"<>[]| as these characters should not appear in a filename, so if they exist the filename is not valid.  You would call it in the following way:

checkForSpecialChar(newFilename, "\/:*?""<>[]|")

You may notice that there are two " next to each other, because strings are surrounded by " you have to use a " before a " to insert the " in the list, if not the string would close after the ? and you would receive an error.

Not for more advanced users you could also use the regexp to perform something similar.


Function checkForSpecialChar(temp_string As String, temp_list As String) As Boolean
    Dim strLen As Integer
    Dim tempChar As String
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim pos As Integer
    checkForSpecialChar = FALSE
    strlen = Len(temp_list)
    For i = 1 To strLen
        tempChar = Mid(temp_list, i, 1)
        pos = InStr(1, temp_string, tempChar)
        If pos > 0 Then
            checkForSpecialChar = TRUE
        End If
    Next i
End Function


Hello. I'm trying to get into programming in ideascript, but I'm not exactly a skilled programmer. I used to use "replace" instruction in VB6 in order to change a character for another. So I got 2 question I'll really appreciate you answer to me:
a. Does ideascript allows an identification of regex like '\r\n'?
b. How can I code the replacement  of \t,\r\n for  ',' ?
Thank you very much!

Brian Element's picture

Hi Elías and welcome to the site.

When I do replacements I use the ASCII codes for the replacement. Such as chr(11) for a tab, chr(13) for a carriage return.  You could then use the replace function ( to replace them such as replace(MyString, chr(11), ",") should replace the any tabes in MyString with the comma.

Hopefully that helps you out a bit, let me know if it works for you.

Unfortunately there is no direct replace in IDEAScript like there is in VBA.