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Removing a pesky hidden character from a string


Removing a pesky hidden character from a string

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Simon E Doubt
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Hello All:

I am trying to remove a pesky hidden character from a string.

The hidden character looks like a blank space, but when I copy/paste it into MsWord, and use the Show Paragraph/Formatting Marks option, the symbol it reveals looks something like the DEGREE symbol, i.e. a small circle. I've attached (I hope) a JPEG screencap of the symbol. It appears at the end of the sentence, between the period and the paragraph mark.

I have tried using the following UPDATE code to get rid of it, where tblWeirdChar houses the string with the pesky char:

UPDATE dbo.tblWeirdChar
SET MyString = REPLACE(MyString,' ','')

But that didn't work; I guess SQL Server knows that it's not a blank space.

I also tried RTRIM, but that didn't work either.

Can anyone advise?

Thanks,
Simon Doubt
DBA, Fulcrum Publications, Inc.
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Simon E Doubt
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Just figured it out:

I used:

SELECT ASCII(RIGHT(MyString,1))
FROM dbo.tblWeirdChar

and the ASCII code was 160, which is a non-breaking space.

So, I used:

UPDATE dbo.tblWeirdChar
SET MyString = REPLACE(MyString,CHAR(160),'')

And it worked!

Sorry for the self-posting.
-Simon Doubt
DBA, Fulcrum Publications, Inc.
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THANKS THAT WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED!
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victorjcook (12/21/2012)
THANKS THAT WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED!


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- SD
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