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Escape in eval function on Single Quotation

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Try these two sample scripts:

This works:
<script>
var boys = 'He said \'howdy\', I said \'hi\'.' // nesting single quotes within single quotes
</script>
<a href="javascript:alert(boys)">Show me the string</a>

This does not work:
<script>
var boys = eval("'He said \'howdy\', I said \'hi\'.'") // nesting single quotes within single quotes
</script>
<a href="javascript:alert(boys)">Show me the string</a>

Why is this? Does not eval handle escape singel character?
And what should I put instead of \' in the eval function to make it work?

Thank you,
Best regards,
Marius
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Question by:traelnes
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by:vikrant4u2
ID: 17057510
Hi Marius,

try this
<script>
var val='He said \'howdy\', I said \'hi\'.';
var boys = eval("val"); // nesting single quotes within single quotes
</script>
<a href="javascript:alert(boys)">Show me the string</a>

regards,
vikrant
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by:Ivo Stoykov
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Hello traelnes,

because \' itself is eval again and after eval("'") you've get single quote that have to be evaled again and you get unterminated string constant.

Why you have to eval this? just concatenate...

HTH

I
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Escape chars has to be escaped in eval():

       var boys = eval("'He said \\'howdy\\', I said \\'hi\\'.'");

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by:traelnes
ID: 17057957
Thank you Zvonko for this. It works.

Just curious about what ivostoykov mean by concatenate?
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by:Zvonko
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You are welcome.
Let us wait and see what concatenate trick comes along ;-)
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by:traelnes
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No Concentate. Ok, Zvonko, you are the winner!
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by:Zvonko
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:)
Thanks.
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