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Re: trimming a string

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  • Subject: [mg50873] Re: [mg50861] trimming a string
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 01:55:13 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


One method...

trimString[s_String] :=
  Module[{ss = s},
    While[First@Characters[ss] === " ", ss = StringDrop[ss, 1]];
    While[Last@Characters[ss] === " ", ss = StringDrop[ss, -1]];

s = "   abcdefgh   ";
trimString[s] // FullForm

David Park
djmp at

From: Akos Beleznay [mailto:abeleznay at]
To: mathgroup at

I would appreciate if somebody could show me a simple way of trimming a
string. (I did it a hard way, but suspect an elegant solution.)

Trim(a_string): returns a copy of a string without leading and trailing

thanks for your help,

Akos Beleznay
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