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From "Henri Yandell (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LANG-338) truncateNicely method which avoids truncating in the middle of a word
Date Tue, 13 Nov 2007 13:43:50 GMT


Henri Yandell commented on LANG-338:

This was flagged to go in Lang very early on, though I can't find the discussion against adding
it yet.  Everything seems to be +1 when I dig in the archives.

PurpleTech Utils had a similar version with the name 'abbreviate'. I think that's a nicer

Excalibur also has a truncateNicely - making me wonder if the patch to String Taglib had an
Avalon history (or vice versa); however the implementations don't look at all similar.

It should also go into WordUtils rather than StringUtils.

> truncateNicely method which avoids truncating in the middle of a word
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LANG-338
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Lang
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: matt humphreys
>            Priority: Trivial
>             Fix For: 2.4
>         Attachments: LANG-338-cleaned.patch, LANG-338.patch
> as provided by jakarta string taglib. It would be good if this was part of commons as
it doesn't make sense to use a taglib jar for non-web projects.
> The taglib javadoc says:
> "...It will search for the first space after the lower limit and truncate the string
there. It will also append any string passed as a parameter to the end of the string. The
hard limit can be specified to forcibily truncate a string (in the case of an extremely long
word or such)..."

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