I'm a beginner doing a homework assignment. If you answer, please just use hints.
I'm trying to remove all spaces and punctuation from a string. The code block below works if there is only one character to be removed. If there are two or more, it doesn't erase the correct character. I think this is because the string being tested no longer matches the string being edited. However, if I replace input with abbrInput in the if statement, I get a debug error during runtime. I think I'm close to getting this but can't see what might be wrong. Can this be made to work or do I have to approach it from a different direction?
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// for loop to strip out spaces and punctuation (DOESN'T WORK!!)
//This works if there is only one character to erase. If there are
//two or more, the string being edited no longer matches the string
//being tested and the wrong character gets erased on the subsequent
//iterations. This results in isPal never being true.
string abbrInput(input); // work on a copy, not the original
strLength = abbrInput.size();
for(int i = 0; i < strLength; ++i)
if(ispunct(input.at(i)) || isspace(input.at(i)))
Well, that hint resulted in a solution! I reworked the code block so that the if was testing for isalpha(). If true, it appended the character at index i to abbrInput. After the for loop stepped all the way through the string, abbrInput contained only the alpha characters, no spaces or punctuation.