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Remove Chinese quotes from a character string

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Remove Chinese quotes from a character string

Trying to remove single and double quotes from a character variable using Compress (and/or KCompress). In translated data from Asia, however, it appears the single and double quotes are a Unicode character, not a standard WLatin apostrophe (even though it "looks" like an apostrophe). How can I identify and strip these Chinese chars out?
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Re: Remove Chinese quotes from a character string

I probably should clarify that we are on SAS 9.2 and support the native Unicode data just fine. However, need to "save down" to 9.0 WLatin version (for the sake of the client system), and in that transcoding, these apostrophe's cause trouble.
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Re: Remove Chinese quotes from a character string

Hi
You could use $HEX. to get the hex value of the character you want to remove - and then use compress() on this hex value.

i.e:
data _null_;
var= '"';
put var $hex.;
var=compress(var,'22'x);
put var=;
run;

HTH
Patrick
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Re: Remove Chinese quotes from a character string

Suggest SAS NLS function documentation review / reference, possibly KUPDATE or KTRANSLATE.

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Re: Remove Chinese quotes from a character string

Hi.
What do these character variable look like ?
Are you using SAS 9.2 with Chinese Version?


Ksharp
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