How can I break up an OBX-5 into new segments by string length?

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asked Aug 22, 2017 by michael-h-5027 (13,630 points)
My OBX-5 has a limit of 30 characters so I need to split up each OBX-5 into new OBX segments.

1 Answer

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Create a custom mapping with something like this:

// match() will return an array of matches.

// .{1,30} matches any character (except for line terminators)
// {1,30} Quantifier — Matches between 1 and 30 times,
//   as many times as possible, giving back as needed (greedy)
// g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)

// Change the 30 to whatever string limit size you want for each OBX-5

/*jshint regexp: false */
var obxArray = source.getNode("OBX-5").match(/.{1,30} |.{1,30}/g);
/*jshint regexp: true */

// If there is only one OBX then remove it so we can replace it with the new OBX segments

var k = 0;
for (var i=0 ; i < obxArray.length ; i++) {
   k = i + 1;
   message.addChild('/', 'OBX');
   message.setNode('OBX[' + k + ']-1', k);
   message.setNode('OBX[' + k + ']-5', obxArray[i]);

answered Aug 22, 2017 by michael-h-5027 (13,630 points)
edited Aug 22, 2017 by michael-h-5027
commented Aug 28, 2017 by joshua-t-2800 (150 points)
Would this be the same if I wanted to break off the OBX segment after 30 characters and put it into a new segment type? I.E. looking to break off the second half and put it into an NTE segment, is this process the same, just changing the appropriate OBXs to NTEs?