Error in Synax how can I only allow normal chars within a string?

the system only allows normal txt though doesn't allow /?\* etc, if the string has stuff how can Ionly allow A-Z 0-9?? and it would delete the bad chars while leaving the good ones still in the string.
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eNarcAsked:
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ThommyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Use this function to strip non alphanumeric chars from a string...
function DeleteNonAlphaNumChars(const TheString: string):string;
var
  SrcP, DestP: PChar; 
begin
  SrcP := PChar(TheString);
  SetLength(Result, Length(TheString));
  DestP := PChar(Result);
  while SrcP <> #0 do begin
    if SrcP[0] in ['a'..'z', 'A'..'Z', '0'..'9'] then begin
      DestP[0] := SrcP[0];
      Inc(DestP);
    end;
    Inc(SrcP);
  end; 
  SetLength(Result, DestP - PChar(Result)); 
end;

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BdLmCommented:

you could check the ascii value and reject values out of range  ...
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BdLmCommented:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII   as a reference ascii table

'A' ..... 'X'   -> ascii rannge 65 ....90    ord('A')  gives you the ascii value 65
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jimyXConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can check if a string is in the valid set of chars:
Function DelSpecialChar(temp:String):String;
var
  i : integer;
begin
  result:='';
  for i:= 1 to length(temp) do
    begin
      if temp[i] in ['A'..'Z','a'..'z','0'..'9'] then
        result:= result + temp[i]
    end;
end;

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ThommyCommented:
For performance reasons (highest speed) if have used PCHAR() in function DeleteNonAlphaNumChars...
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jimyXCommented:
So you can use it this way, let's say your string Str is including the special characters:

Str := 'e/?Na\*rc';
Str := DelSpecialChar(Str);
Showmessage(Str);

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Ephraim WangoyaCommented:
try this code
function IsValidChar(const S: char): Boolean ;
begin
  Result := S in ['A'..'Z', 'a'..'z'];
end;

function NormaLizeStr(const AStr: string): string;
var
  I: Integer;
begin
  Result := AStr;
  for I := Length(Result) downto 1 do
    if not IsValidChar(Result[I]) then
      Delete(Result, I, 1);
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
  ShowMessage(NormaLizeStr('*(kiuer)lp/\'));
end;

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Ephraim WangoyaConnect With a Mentor Commented:

This is even faster using CharInSet
function IsValidChar(const S: char): Boolean ;
begin
  Result := CharInSet(S, ['A'..'Z', 'a'..'z', '0'..'9']);
end;

function NormaLizeStr(const AStr: string): string;
var
  I: Integer;
begin
  Result := AStr;
  for I := Length(Result) downto 1 do
    if not IsValidChar(Result[I]) then
      Delete(Result, I, 1);
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
  ShowMessage(NormaLizeStr('*(kiuer)lp/\'));
end;

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mlmccCommented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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