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RE: st: Length for strings, ignoring SMCL tags

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Length for strings, ignoring SMCL tags
Date   Tue, 2 Dec 2008 21:22:12 -0000

My diagnosis is the same. Or at least, I battered my head against this
and could think of nothing that suited. 

However, let's go one step back. Why do you want this? 


Austin Nichols

Brian Karfunkel <>:
According to -help extended_fcn- you can't use display directives with
"in" and "as":

display in smcl "{err}hello"
loc g: display in smcl "{err}hello"
di strlen(`"`:display in smcl "{err}hello"'"')

which is unfortunate for your particular example. So you are stuck
removing all {smcl} before computing length--and during that process
counting spaces if you want them.

On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 3:58 PM, Brian Karfunkel <>

> Is there a way to get the length of a string while ignoring any SMCL
> tags in the string?
> In other words, I have "{err}hello", and I want the length of "hello",
> since the "{err}" tag doesn't affect the length as outputted.
> I've tried the following:
> strlen(`"`: display "{err}hello"'"')
> and variations thereof, but nothing seems to work. If there is a
> solution, it would also be helpful to know how it would treat "{col
> 30}hello" and "{space 20}hello", for example, in terms of whether the
> columns/spaces that are inserted are counted in the length (i.e.
> whether it is literally the number of characters of the line on the
> screen as displayed or if it is just the length of the string you'd
> get if you, say, -regexr-ed out all the tags in braces).

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