shrug-l: Embedded Quotation Marks

Sykes, John John.Sykes at
Thu Feb 8 11:17:35 EST 2007

OK, everyone here's the solution.
Several people said you need a double quote.
This is true, but if you are starting your string literal with a " mark, you
actually need a triple quote!!!  E.g., """
So I found the following would work (assume that LAT_SS = 23.345.
LAT_SS & """ N"
Displays correctly as:
23.345" N
Thanks, it was the third " mark that threw me off.

-- John 



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Subject: shrug-l: Embedded Quotation Marks

Here's a little bug that bothers me. 

In most languages, there is a way to embed special characters in a string

So that, for example if $ has a meaning to a language, you might use %$ in a
literal to tell the language to embed the $ sign in the literal and not run
the $ function (whatever it may be).  In this example, a %% would tell the
parser that the literal contains a percent sign.

I have not been able to find a similar feature in the VB scripting language
(I've tried a bunch of the "usual" special characters, but none seem to
work).  So in a literal (which starts and ends with a " sign) if you want to
include the " sign as part of the literal, there is no way to tell VB that "
is a symbol and not the end  of the string.  I have temporarily gotten around
this by using two ' signs in my literals (e.g., for degrees, minutes and
seconds of lat/long) but there has to be a better solution.

I looked through the VB 6.0 manuals and could not find such a solution,

Any thoughts? 

-- John 

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