I am trying to process a string before displaying it in a visualforce page. What I need to do is remove any quotation marks in the text field before I use it to assemble a link path. The following code works - it removes any 'S' characters from the string. However when I substitute in a '"' which is what I want to remove, it is interpreted as ending the value argument and the page won't save. I thought I could escape it out with '\"' or '\\"' and I also tried '&quot' but none of those options worked.

        <td class="value">
            <apex:outputText value="{!SUBSTITUTE(Work_Order__c.Drawing_Path__c, 'S', '')}" />

I know that I could do my processing at another step (either with a formula field or an apex trigger) but I was really hoping to do it here as I have other areas built around the string still having the quotes in it. Is there any way to solve this problem in the VisualForce page only?

2 Answers 2


This works in my developer org:

<apex:page standardController="Account">
        <apex:inputField value="{!Account.Name}" />
        <apex:outputText value="{!SUBSTITUTE(Account.Name,'\"','')}" />

Apparently, syntax highlighting can't seem to figure it out, but it should compile just fine (press Enter in the demo page to see the resulting output).

  • So it is! I feel pretty silly for just being thrown off by the syntax highlighting. With tho backslashes I got an actual error in the 'problems' section about the expression being unbalanced, but if I let it update, it goes away with one. Thanks!
    – Ethan48
    Jan 29, 2016 at 22:29

Do you have a controller?

public static String parseString(String theString, String checkFor, String replaceWith)
    String result;

    result = thestring.replaceAll(checkFor, replaceWith);

    return result;
  • I am using the standard controller, but I see how if I switched to a custom one that would work.
    – Ethan48
    Jan 29, 2016 at 22:21
  • How is this any different than simply calling replaceAll directly on the original string, without a particularly verbose function call?
    – sfdcfox
    Jan 29, 2016 at 22:22
  • @sfdcfox, I'm not sure why I did it.. I think I had a reason, but I forget why now
    – EricSSH
    Jan 29, 2016 at 22:25
  • If I hard coded the " in the apex, rather than taking checkFor as an argument, then it would have solved the problem since I know how to escape things in apex.
    – Ethan48
    Jan 29, 2016 at 22:31

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