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Testing parts of a string

Testing parts of a string

1. The StartsWith function is used to test whether a string starts with a given string:

<<If(StartsWith(Surname,'van ')>><<Title>> <<Surname>> is probably of Dutch descent.<<End()>>
<<If(StartsWith(Surname,'van ')>><<SetV('LastPart',substring-after(Surname,'van '))>><<End()>>

In previous versions this command was known as starts-with. Backward compatibility ensures that XpressDox will still recognize this command.

2. EndsWith tests the end of a string:

<<If(EndsWith(Surname,'-Smith')>>
<<Surname>>
is a double-barrelled name.
<<SetV('FirstPart',substring(Surname,1,string-length(Surname) - 6))>><<Comment(SetV(‘FirstPart’,string-before(‘-Smith’)) is equivalent)>>
<<End()>>

3. contains (an XSLT function) tests for a string anywhere in another string:

<<If(contains(Surname,'prmzl'))>><<Surname>> is not an English name.<<End()>>

4. SubstringBefore and SubstringAfter test for a string which occurs in another string, but either before or after another delimeter:

The first name is <<SubstringBefore(FullNames,' ')>> and the last part of the name is <<SubstringAfter(FullNames,' ')>>

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