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Strings - when spaces aren't spaces

Question asked by nigel.hertz on Oct 19, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 25, 2016 by emha


I've got a 3 separate lists that update a 4th stock list. All of the workflows update the stock list by performing a lookup on a text string in the list.


My issue is that when combining variables, sometimes a space isn't actually a space. If you look at the text and string values, they look identical. The only way I finally figured out what the differences were, was to paste the strings into MS Word and turn on the special character mapping. Have a look at the attached image.


The first line is what is displayed in SharePoint, Notepad and so on. The second line is if I open the developer tools and copy the text out of the source code.


All variables are formated as text strings, all the related columns are text strings, everything is text. I build the variables by either setting a variable to a column value, then a space, a hyphen and a space, and then a second column.This is where it randomly puts a space in which corresponds to the 'degree' symbol in the screenshot. If I build the string with a calculated column, then it's just a normal space.


Does anyone know why this is happening, and more importantly, how to stop it?


This is Nintex Workflow 2013 and SPS 2013, both on premises.




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It's apparently the symbol for a non breaking space. Why is Nintex sticking them in for me, and how do I stop it?