View Full Version : Applescript: extracting "up to" x chars of a string

Dec 12, 2011, 09:43 AM
I have a string that I want to use as a filename when saving a document. However, the string varies in length (up to several thousand words), so I want to cut it down to something more reasonable.

I have this, which correctly uses just the first 100 characters as the filename:

set myTitle to text 1 thru 100 of myLongString
make new document
set text of document 1 to otherStuff
save document 1 to "/Users/Me/Desktop/" & myTitle & ".html"

This works fine whenever myLongString is more than 100 characters long. However, it spits back an error if it is shorter. How can I save my file as "up to" the first 100 chars of myLongString?


Dec 12, 2011, 11:33 AM
-- comment out one of the lines below to see how the code handles the other:
set myLongString to "Frozen pizza and chickpeas"

set myLongString to "The following normative documents contain provisions which, through reference in this\rtext, constitute provisions of this International Standard."

if length of myLongString is less than 100 then
set myTitle to myLongString
set myTitle to text 1 thru 100 of myLongString
end if

Dec 12, 2011, 01:12 PM
Thanks Partron22! It's so simple once the answer is in front of me. *sheepish*