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Language: VB5,VB6
Expertise: Intermediate
Jul 8, 2002

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SplitWithQualifiers - An improved version of the Split function

' A variant of the Split function, that offers the following improvements
'   You can pass text qualifier as the third argument and optionally specify
'   to treat consecutive occurrences of delimiters as one
'   For example, the following source text contains comma inside one of the 
' fields, so the
'   regular Split function will parse it incorrectly:
'   "Bayazitov","Ernest","2500 Data Drive, 100A, Sacramento, CA 95630",,,,10,,2,
' ,,
'   Also, it has some empty fields, which do not have any values or text 
' qualifiers.
'   In this case, we need to specify comma as delimiter and double quote 
' character As Text
'   qualifier, and do not treat consecutive occurrences of delimiters as one
'
'   Usage:
'   Dim res() As String
'   res() = SplitWithQualifiers("""Bayazitov"",""Ernest"",""2500 Data Drive, 
' 100A, Sacramento, CA 95630"",,,,10,,2,,,", ",", """", False)

Public Function SplitWithQualifiers(ByVal SourceText As String, _
    ByVal TextDelimiter As String, ByVal TextQualifier As String, _
    Optional ByVal TreatMultipleDelimitersAsOne As Boolean) As String()
    Dim strTemp() As String, strRes() As String, I As Long, J As Long, _
        A As strng, B As String, blnStart As Boolean

    If TreatMultipleDelimitersAsOne Then
        Do While (InStr(1, SourceText, TextDelimiter & TextDelimiter) And (I < _
            100))
            SourceText = Replace(SourceText, TextDelimiter & TextDelimiter, _
                TextDelimiter)
            I = I + 1
        Loop
    End If
    If TextDelimiter <> " " Then SourceText = Trim$(SourceText)
    strTemp() = Split(SourceText, TextDelimiter)
    For I = 0 To UBound(strTemp)
        J = InStr(1, strTemp(I), TextQualifier, vbTextCompare)
        If J Then
            A = Replace(strTemp(I), TextQualifier, "")
            Select Case strTemp(I)
                Case TextQualifier & A & TextQualifier '  "xxx"
                    B = B & A & vbCrLf
                    blnStart = False
                Case TextQualifier & A     '   "xxx
                    B = B & A & TextDelimiter
                    blnStart = True
                Case A       '  xxx
                    B = B & A & TextDelimiter
                    blnStart = False
                Case A & TextQualifier   '   xxx"
                    B = B & A & vbCrLf
                    blnStart = False
            End Select
        Else
            If blnStart Then
                B = B & strTemp(I) & TextDelimiter
            Else
                B = B & strTemp(I) & vbCrLf
            End If
        End If
    Next I
    If B <> "" Then
        B = Left$(B, Len(B) - 2)
        strRes() = Split(B, vbCrLf)
    Else
        ReDim strRes(0)
        strRes(0) = SourceText
    End If
    SplitWithQualifiers = strRes()
End Function
ernest bayazitov
 
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