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String manipulation in javascript?

Hey all!

New to javascript and still getting my head around strings...

Consider the following line of code...

var path = location.pathname;

....after execution, the variable "path" contains something like
"file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm"

How do I parse this down to "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\Test"
....or at least to "C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test"

Is there a better function to retrieve the source folder containing the
current HTML document?

I need to know the path to the current folder to reference other files in
the same directory using a FileSystemObject.

Thanks!
Jul 20 '05 #1
5 17916
Ivo
"Phrederik" <po********@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
news:Dkrbb.7036$I36.4705@pd7tw3no...
Consider the following line of code...

var path = location.pathname;

...after execution, the variable "path" contains something like
"file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm"

How do I parse this down to "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\Test"
...or at least to "C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test"

Is there a better function to retrieve the source folder containing the
current HTML document?

I need to know the path to the current folder to reference other files in
the same directory using a FileSystemObject.

Thanks!


Hi Phred,

I used a different variable name because "path" looks too much like a
reserved word to me.

p="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm";
alert( p = p.substring(p.indexOf('C:'), p.lastIndexOf('/')) );
while( p.indexOf('/')+1 ) p=p.replace(/\//,'\\');
while( p.indexOf('%20' )+1) p=p.replace(/%20/,' ');
alert( p );

Different string method are used here, to begin with indexOf and
lastIndexOf. You can hardcode the string 'C:' only if you are certain
everything will indeed be under C...
These two methods return integers, numbers that is, which form the arguments
for the third method, the substring, which cuts off the superfluous bits at
start and end.
The bit "p=p.substring(...)" not only assigns a value to p, but also returns
this value to any function willing to receive it. In this case there is one:
the alert is which the whole is wrapped.
Next two lines cycle through the variable, replacing matching substrings as
they go. The first argument of the replace method is a regular expression.
These are often delimited by slashes instead of quotes, and can have a
global and case insensitive flag.
Because it is slashes we are looking to replace, these must be escaped
inside the regex string. Special characters are escaped by preceding them
with a backslash. The backslash is also a special character.
No alpha characters here, so case doesn't matter, and I opted for the while
loop instead of the global flag for when you start using double spaces in
your urls.
The global flag doesn't catch immediate repeats.
Jul 20 '05 #2
In article <Dkrbb.7036$I36.4705@pd7tw3no>, "Phrederik" <po********@127.0.0.1>
writes:

How do I parse this down to "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\Test"
...or at least to "C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test"


myVar = "file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm"
re = /\//g;
myVar = unescape(myVar.replace('file:///','')).replace(re,'\\')
myFile = myVar.lastIndexOf('\\')
myPath = myVar.substring(0,myFile)
alert(myPath)

The alert gives me C:\Documents And Settings\user\Desktop\Test

Probably a more efficient way, my knowledge of Regular Expressions is limited.
Lightly tested in IE6.

Note: On WinME, location.pathname gives me
/C:\WINDOWS\Desktop\webpage\blank.html
Which is the path to the blank test file I used. Only needs the \\ changed to \
and / removed from the beginning.

Changing it to this:

myVar = "file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm"
document.write(location.pathname)
re = /\//g;
myVar = unescape(myVar.replace('file://','')).replace(re,'\\')
myFile = myVar.lastIndexOf('\\')
myPath = myVar.substring(1,myFile)
alert(myPath)

Seems to work when I set myVar the way its set, or, set it to location.pathname
--
Randy
Jul 20 '05 #3
Very helpful... Thanks!
myVar = "file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm" re = /\//g;
myVar = unescape(myVar.replace('file:///','')).replace(re,'\\')
myFile = myVar.lastIndexOf('\\')
myPath = myVar.substring(0,myFile)
alert(myPath)

The alert gives me C:\Documents And Settings\user\Desktop\Test

Probably a more efficient way, my knowledge of Regular Expressions is limited. Lightly tested in IE6.

Note: On WinME, location.pathname gives me
/C:\WINDOWS\Desktop\webpage\blank.html
You are correct... I failed to refresh the page before posting my message.
Which is the path to the blank test file I used. Only needs the \\ changed to \ and / removed from the beginning.

Changing it to this:

myVar = "file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm" document.write(location.pathname)
re = /\//g;
myVar = unescape(myVar.replace('file://','')).replace(re,'\\')
myFile = myVar.lastIndexOf('\\')
myPath = myVar.substring(1,myFile)
alert(myPath)

Seems to work when I set myVar the way its set, or, set it to

location.pathname

Thanks again!
Jul 20 '05 #4
Thanks for the info...

I ended up looping through the string, but seeing the "indexOf" function,
I'm going to change my code.

I'm also using the unescape function to convert the "Url safe" text.

"Ivo" <no@thank.you> wrote in message
news:3f***********************@news.wanadoo.nl...
"Phrederik" <po********@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
news:Dkrbb.7036$I36.4705@pd7tw3no...
Consider the following line of code...

var path = location.pathname;

...after execution, the variable "path" contains something like
"file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm"

How do I parse this down to "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\Test" ...or at least to "C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test"

Is there a better function to retrieve the source folder containing the
current HTML document?

I need to know the path to the current folder to reference other files in the same directory using a FileSystemObject.

Thanks!

Hi Phred,

I used a different variable name because "path" looks too much like a
reserved word to me.

p="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm";
alert( p = p.substring(p.indexOf('C:'), p.lastIndexOf('/')) );
while( p.indexOf('/')+1 ) p=p.replace(/\//,'\\');
while( p.indexOf('%20' )+1) p=p.replace(/%20/,' ');
alert( p );

Different string method are used here, to begin with indexOf and
lastIndexOf. You can hardcode the string 'C:' only if you are certain
everything will indeed be under C...
These two methods return integers, numbers that is, which form the

arguments for the third method, the substring, which cuts off the superfluous bits at start and end.
The bit "p=p.substring(...)" not only assigns a value to p, but also returns this value to any function willing to receive it. In this case there is one: the alert is which the whole is wrapped.
Next two lines cycle through the variable, replacing matching substrings as they go. The first argument of the replace method is a regular expression.
These are often delimited by slashes instead of quotes, and can have a
global and case insensitive flag.
Because it is slashes we are looking to replace, these must be escaped
inside the regex string. Special characters are escaped by preceding them
with a backslash. The backslash is also a special character.
No alpha characters here, so case doesn't matter, and I opted for the while loop instead of the global flag for when you start using double spaces in
your urls.
The global flag doesn't catch immediate repeats.

Jul 20 '05 #5
Yay!

Got all my code working. The only problem I'm having now is the Internet
Explorer warning that says:

An ActiveX control on this page might be unsafe to
interact with other parts of the page. Do you want to
allow this interaction?

....are there security settings changes that can be made to avoid this
message, without comprimising the browser security? The page will always be
run from a CD in the drive and not from a web server.

Thanks!

"Phrederik" <po********@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
news:Dkrbb.7036$I36.4705@pd7tw3no...
Hey all!

New to javascript and still getting my head around strings...

Consider the following line of code...

var path = location.pathname;

...after execution, the variable "path" contains something like
"file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test/fileread.htm"

How do I parse this down to "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Desktop\Test"
...or at least to "C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/user/Desktop/Test"

Is there a better function to retrieve the source folder containing the
current HTML document?

I need to know the path to the current folder to reference other files in
the same directory using a FileSystemObject.

Thanks!

Jul 20 '05 #6

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