Hey all, In ASP/VBscript, you could use the InStr() function. intCutoffPosition = InStr(200,yourTextVariable,".") newText = left(yourTextVariable,intCutoffPosition) & " More..." http://www.w3schools.com/vbscript/func_instr.asp Hope this helps, Matt ----- Original Message ----- > Hi guys, I'm working on a "more..." style text cut off to use as a > short description. > > I'm looking to take the first say, 200 characters or so, but I > want it to run out until the next instance of a "." (period) is found, so > as to make a complete sentence. > > anyone have a function handy? php, asp, whatever... i can convert > it. just not sure of the technique.