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parsing a strig

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  • Subject: [mg119832] parsing a strig
  • From: Ted Sariyski <tsariysk at>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:47:16 -0400 (EDT)
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I import a text file with Import[filename,"Table"]. The file has a 
header followed by data. The header contains predefined keywords like 
TITLE, ZONE, VARIABLES, etc.  A VARIABLES line, shown below, is a list 
of 'varname,varunits' pairs, which I need to extract as pairs.


I tried StringSplit[varList,"'"] but got
Out[]:  {{um,,,I_p},{(W/sr/um),,,I_a},{(W/sr/um),,,I_ae},...}}, which is 

I tried StringSplit[Drop[vars, 2], "'"] and got
Out[]: {{I_a (W/sr/um)},{I_ae (W/sr/um)},...}}, which miss the first 
variable 'um'.

How can I parse this?
Thanks in advance,

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