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    String Match & Special Characters

    Hi,

    I'm looking for a function, that will look at a row of values in column b (for example) to see if it complies with approved naming convention. Naming convention must be as follows: <6 numbers><Single Space><Alpha with or without spaces>

    If compliance is met, then do nothing. If compliance isn't met (error), place an 'x' in column a.

    Example of Good:
    555555 Food
    555789 Red Apple
    123456 I Love Excel

    Example of Bad (to illustrate)
    555555Food (no space between number and word)
    555789 Red!Apple (special character)
    I Love Excel 123456 (number at end, alpa at start)
    55555 Smith (only 5 numbers at start)
    555-123 Smich (first 6 characters not numeric)

    Can anyone help me with a function / macro?

    Thank you very much.

    Cam.
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    Re: String Match & Special Characters

    Cam

    Here's a function that will return "ERROR" if it doesn't match the pattern, or a blank if it does.

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    Re: String Match & Special Characters

    Hi Cam

    Similar to rylo's, but makes sure that there is at least 1 alpha and that all the rest of the characters to the end of string are alpha or spaces.

    Returns True if the string is valid, False otherwise:

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    Re: String Match & Special Characters

    An equivalent solution, without using RegExp's is to compare the value directly with a pattern:

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    Thanks very much!
    All three were good solutions. I've gone with a hybrid of them all which does exactly what I want.

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    Re: String Match & Special Characters

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