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Zoho Deluge: a HTML Entity Decoder

What?
A very quick article to document a HTML Entity decoder in Zoho Creator.

Why?
Sometimes when receiving data from a third-party, we may receive some strings containing "&" or " " and obviously want to display these as decoded HTML entities. (Zoho if you're listening) Ideally, Zoho may add this to their zoho.encryption namespace such as zoho.encryption.htmldecode(string). But at time of print, it doesn't exist and in the meantime, I've made a function that does this.

How?
Not sure how else to do this but I simply wrote a function in Zoho Creator for each instance that I knew a HTML entity would be submitted. So it doesn't decode every HTML in existence, only the ones I know will happen.

Here's the Zoho Deluge code I use (note that I've put this in a namespace called "DataCleansing", but you can call it whatever you like):
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string DataCleansing.fn_DecodeHtmlEntities( string p_StringToDecode )
{
	// initialize
	v_StringToDecode = ifnull(p_StringToDecode,"");
	//
	// map string replacements
	m_HtmlEntity = Map();
	m_HtmlEntity.put("&","&");
	m_HtmlEntity.put(" "," ");
	//
	// loop through each of the above replacing where found
	for each  v_HtmlKey in m_HtmlEntity.keys()
	{
		v_StringToDecode = v_StringToDecode.replaceAll(v_HtmlKey, m_HtmlEntity.get(v_HtmlKey), true);
	}
	// 
	// output
	return v_StringToDecode;
}
  1.  string DataCleansing.fn_DecodeHtmlEntities( string p_StringToDecode ) 
  2.  { 
  3.      // initialize 
  4.      v_StringToDecode = ifnull(p_StringToDecode,"")
  5.      // 
  6.      // map string replacements 
  7.      m_HtmlEntity = Map()
  8.      m_HtmlEntity.put("&","&")
  9.      m_HtmlEntity.put(" "," ")
  10.      // 
  11.      // loop through each of the above replacing where found 
  12.      for each  v_HtmlKey in m_HtmlEntity.keys() 
  13.      { 
  14.          v_StringToDecode = v_StringToDecode.replaceAll(v_HtmlKey, m_HtmlEntity.get(v_HtmlKey), true)
  15.      } 
  16.      // 
  17.      // output 
  18.      return v_StringToDecode; 
  19.  } 

Usage:
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v_TestString = "Father & Sons";
v_DecodedString = thisapp.DataCleansing.fn_DecodeHtmlEntities(v_TestString);
info v_DecodedString;

// yields: Father & Sons
  1.  v_TestString = "Father & Sons"
  2.  v_DecodedString = thisapp.DataCleansing.fn_DecodeHtmlEntities(v_TestString)
  3.  info v_DecodedString; 
  4.   
  5.  // yields: Father & Sons 

A more comprehensive list
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v_HtmlEntityNames = "amp,lt,gt,nbsp,iexcl,cent,pound,curren,yen,brvbar,sect,uml,copy,ordf,laquo,not,shy,reg,macr,deg,plusmn,sup2,sup3,acute,micro,para,middot,cedil,sup1,ordm,raquo,frac14,frac12,frac34,iquest,Agrave,Aacute,Acirc,Atilde,Auml,Aring,AElig,Ccedil,Egrave,Eacute,Ecirc,Euml,Igrave,Iacute,Icirc,Iuml,ETH,Ntilde,Ograve,Oacute,Ocirc,Otilde,Ouml,times,Oslash,Ugrave,Uacute,Ucirc,Uuml,Yacute,THORN,szlig,agrave,aacute,acirc,atilde,auml,aring,aelig,ccedil,egrave,eacute,ecirc,euml,igrave,iacute,icirc,iuml,eth,ntilde,ograve,oacute,ocirc,otilde,ouml,divide,oslash,ugrave,uacute,ucirc,uuml,yacute,thorn,yuml,OElig,oelig,Scaron,scaron,Yuml,fnof,circ,tilde,Alpha,Beta,Gamma,Delta,Epsilon,Zeta,Eta,Theta,Iota,Kappa,Lambda,Mu,Nu,Xi,Omicron,Pi,Rho,Sigma,Tau,Upsilon,Phi,Chi,Psi,Omega,alpha,beta,gamma,delta,epsilon,zeta,eta,theta,iota,kappa,lambda,mu,nu,xi,omicron,pi,rho,sigmaf,sigma,tau,upsilon,phi,chi,psi,omega,thetasym,upsih,piv,ensp,emsp,thinsp,zwnj,zwj,lrm,rlm,ndash,mdash,lsquo,rsquo,sbquo,ldquo,rdquo,bdquo,dagger,Dagger,bull,hellip,permil,prime,Prime,lsaquo,rsaquo,oline,frasl,euro,image,weierp,real,trade,alefsym,larr,uarr,rarr,darr,harr,crarr,lArr,uArr,rArr,dArr,hArr,forall,part,exist,empty,nabla,isin,notin,ni,prod,sum,minus,lowast,radic,prop,infin,ang,and,or,cap,cup,int,there4,sim,cong,asymp,ne,equiv,le,ge,sub,sup,nsub,sube,supe,oplus,otimes,perp,sdot,lceil,rceil,lfloor,rfloor,lang,rang,loz,spades,clubs,hearts,diams";
v_HtmlEntityChars = "&,<,>, ,¡,¢,£,¤,¥,¦,§,¨,©,ª,«,¬,­,®,¯,°,±,²,³,´,µ,¶,·,¸,¹,º,»,¼,½,¾,¿,À,Á,Â,Ã,Ä,Å,Æ,Ç,È,É,Ê,Ë,Ì,Í,Î,Ï,Ð,Ñ,Ò,Ó,Ô,Õ,Ö,×,Ø,Ù,Ú,Û,Ü,Ý,Þ,ß,à,á,â,ã,ä,å,æ,ç,è,é,ê,ë,ì,í,î,ï,ð,ñ,ò,ó,ô,õ,ö,÷,ø,ù,ú,û,ü,ý,þ,ÿ,Œ,œ,Š,š,Ÿ,ƒ,ˆ,˜,Α,Β,Γ,Δ,Ε,Ζ,Η,Θ,Ι,Κ,Λ,Μ,Ν,Ξ,Ο,Π,Ρ,Σ,Τ,Υ,Φ,Χ,Ψ,Ω,α,β,γ,δ,ε,ζ,η,θ,ι,κ,λ,μ,ν,ξ,ο,π,ρ,ς,σ,τ,υ,φ,χ,ψ,ω,ϑ,ϒ,ϖ, , , ,‌,‍,‎,‏,–,—,‘,’,‚,“,”,„,†,‡,•,…,‰,′,″,‹,›,‾,⁄,€,ℑ,℘,ℜ,™,ℵ,←,↑,→,↓,↔,↵,⇐,⇑,⇒,⇓,⇔,∀,∂,∃,∅,∇,∈,∉,∋,∏,∑,−,∗,√,∝,∞,∠,∧,∨,∩,∪,∫,∴,∼,≅,≈,≠,≡,≤,≥,⊂,⊃,⊄,⊆,⊇,⊕,⊗,⊥,⋅,⌈,⌉,⌊,⌋,⟨,⟩,◊,♠,♣,♥,♦";
l_HtmlEntityNames = v_HtmlEntityNames.toList();
l_HtmlEntityChars = v_HtmlEntityChars.toList();
//
// add these exceptions (quotes) which wouldn't convert to a list
l_HtmlEntityNames.add("quo");
l_HtmlEntityNames.add("apos");
l_HtmlEntityChars.add("\"");
l_HtmlEntityChars.add("'");
//
// build a map
m_HtmlEntity = Map();
for each index v_EntityIndex in l_HtmlEntityNames
{
	m_HtmlEntity.put("&" + l_HtmlEntityNames.get(v_EntityIndex) + ";", l_HtmlEntityChars.get(v_EntityIndex));
}
//
// loop through list of entities to replace each one in our string
for each  v_HtmlKey in m_HtmlEntity.keys() 
{ 
	v_Test = v_Test.replaceAll(v_HtmlKey, m_HtmlEntity.get(v_HtmlKey), true); 
} 
info v_Test;
// yields: Father & Sons
  1.  v_HtmlEntityNames = "amp,lt,gt,nbsp,iexcl,cent,pound,curren,yen,brvbar,sect,uml,copy,ordf,laquo,not,shy,reg,macr,deg,plusmn,sup2,sup3,acute,micro,para,middot,cedil,sup1,ordm,raquo,frac14,frac12,frac34,iquest,Agrave,Aacute,Acirc,Atilde,Auml,Aring,AElig,Ccedil,Egrave,Eacute,Ecirc,Euml,Igrave,Iacute,Icirc,Iuml,ETH,Ntilde,Ograve,Oacute,Ocirc,Otilde,Ouml,times,Oslash,Ugrave,Uacute,Ucirc,Uuml,Yacute,THORN,szlig,agrave,aacute,acirc,atilde,auml,aring,aelig,ccedil,egrave,eacute,ecirc,euml,igrave,iacute,icirc,iuml,eth,ntilde,ograve,oacute,ocirc,otilde,ouml,divide,oslash,ugrave,uacute,ucirc,uuml,yacute,thorn,yuml,OElig,oelig,Scaron,scaron,Yuml,fnof,circ,tilde,Alpha,Beta,Gamma,Delta,Epsilon,Zeta,Eta,Theta,Iota,Kappa,Lambda,Mu,Nu,Xi,Omicron,Pi,Rho,Sigma,Tau,Upsilon,Phi,Chi,Psi,Omega,alpha,beta,gamma,delta,epsilon,zeta,eta,theta,iota,kappa,lambda,mu,nu,xi,omicron,pi,rho,sigmaf,sigma,tau,upsilon,phi,chi,psi,omega,thetasym,upsih,piv,ensp,emsp,thinsp,zwnj,zwj,lrm,rlm,ndash,mdash,lsquo,rsquo,sbquo,ldquo,rdquo,bdquo,dagger,Dagger,bull,hellip,permil,prime,Prime,lsaquo,rsaquo,oline,frasl,euro,image,weierp,real,trade,alefsym,larr,uarr,rarr,darr,harr,crarr,lArr,uArr,rArr,dArr,hArr,forall,part,exist,empty,nabla,isin,notin,ni,prod,sum,minus,lowast,radic,prop,infin,ang,and,or,cap,cup,int,there4,sim,cong,asymp,ne,equiv,le,ge,sub,sup,nsub,sube,supe,oplus,otimes,perp,sdot,lceil,rceil,lfloor,rfloor,lang,rang,loz,spades,clubs,hearts,diams"
  2.  v_HtmlEntityChars = "&,<,>, ,¡,¢,£,¤,¥,¦,§,¨,©,ª,«,¬,­,®,¯,°,±,²,³,´,µ,,·,¸,¹,º,»,¼,½,¾,¿,À,Á,Â,Ã,Ä,Å,Æ,Ç,È,É,Ê,Ë,Ì,Í,Î,Ï,Ð,Ñ,Ò,Ó,Ô,Õ,Ö,×,Ø,Ù,Ú,Û,Ü,Ý,Þ,ß,à,á,â,ã,ä,å,æ,ç,è,é,ê,ë,ì,í,î,ï,ð,ñ,ò,ó,ô,õ,ö,÷,ø,ù,ú,û,ü,ý,þ,ÿ,Œ,œ,Š,š,Ÿ,ƒ,ˆ,˜,Α,Β,Γ,Δ,Ε,Ζ,Η,Θ,Ι,Κ,Λ,Μ,Ν,Ξ,Ο,Π,Ρ,Σ,Τ,Υ,Φ,Χ,Ψ,Ω,α,β,γ,δ,ε,ζ,η,θ,ι,κ,λ,μ,ν,ξ,ο,π,ρ,ς,σ,τ,υ,φ,χ,ψ,ω,ϑ,ϒ,ϖ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,♦"
  3.  l_HtmlEntityNames = v_HtmlEntityNames.toList()
  4.  l_HtmlEntityChars = v_HtmlEntityChars.toList()
  5.  // 
  6.  // add these exceptions (quotes) which wouldn't convert to a list 
  7.  l_HtmlEntityNames.add("quo")
  8.  l_HtmlEntityNames.add("apos")
  9.  l_HtmlEntityChars.add("\"")
  10.  l_HtmlEntityChars.add("'")
  11.  // 
  12.  // build a map 
  13.  m_HtmlEntity = Map()
  14.  for each index v_EntityIndex in l_HtmlEntityNames 
  15.  { 
  16.      m_HtmlEntity.put("&" + l_HtmlEntityNames.get(v_EntityIndex) + ";", l_HtmlEntityChars.get(v_EntityIndex))
  17.  } 
  18.  // 
  19.  // loop through list of entities to replace each one in our string 
  20.  for each  v_HtmlKey in m_HtmlEntity.keys() 
  21.  { 
  22.      v_Test = v_Test.replaceAll(v_HtmlKey, m_HtmlEntity.get(v_HtmlKey), true)
  23.  } 
  24.  info v_Test; 
  25.  // yields: Father & Sons 
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