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How do I set a string variable so that it has quotes in it? I want a variable to equal: Bob said, "Hello."

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Answer: Since strings are delimited by double quotes, one may wonder how, exactly, one could insert double quotes within a string. For example, if you wanted to assign a string the value:
Bob said, "Hello."

you might try the following code:

Dim str
str = "Bob said, "Hello.""

Of course there are problems with the above code. How does VBScript know where the string begins and ends? Does it run from Bob to the start of Hello? That's what it looks like from the above code. To let VBScript know that you wish to insert a double quote (and not end the string), use two double quotes, in succession.

Dim str
str = "Bob said, ""Hello."""

The above code will assign Bob said, "Hello." to str. Some people argue that placing the double quotes makes the above code a little hard to read. Those developers prefer to use chr(34) (the ASCII code for a double quote character) in place of the double quotes like so:

Dim str
str = "Bob said, " & chr(34) & "Hello." & chr(34)

Note that in place of the double quotes, the string is terminated, and a chr(34) is concatonated to the string. Personally, I prefer the double quote method, but both the chr(34) and double quote methods will work.

FAQ posted by Scott Mitchell at 9/27/2000 3:26:15 AM to the Strings category. This FAQ has been viewed 57,236 times.

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