UPDATE: I’ve updated this to a version which you can use inside other snippets. You can find that here.
A good while back I started naming files with dashes as opposed to spaces, in case I ever had to put them on the web. (I don’t like %20 signs…)
This is a shell script that you can use with TextExpander which replaces spaces with dashes in whatever input it gets from a fill-in field.
<code>#!/usr/bin/env python import sys var = '%filltext:name=Title%' dashedvar = var.replace(" ", "-"); sys.stdout.write(dashedvar) </code>
For some reason you can’t use this snippet inside other snippets, I’m not sure why. (Let me know if you do!) So I have other specific snippets which are similar in cases where I want more than just conversion of whatever I type in. Here’s the one I use for naming blog text files:
<code>#!/usr/bin/env python import sys var = '%filltext:name=Title%' dashedvar = var.replace(" ", "-"); sys.stdout.write('blogx-%snippet:sdate%-') sys.stdout.write(dashedvar) </code>
(If you’re wondering why I’m using
sys.stdout.write instead of
Published on May 27th, 2013