Href hyperlink, how to escape double quotes " ?

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covfefe
covfefe on 20 Jun 2022
Edited: Jan on 22 Jun 2022
How can I escape double quotes when displaying a hyperlink in matlab?
Example:
I want to create a hyperlink to execute this command:
[cmd_status cmd_return] = system('explorer.exe /select, "C:\My folder\My file" ')
Without double quotes, the relevant hyperlink is:
disp('<a href="matlab:system(''explorer.exe /select, C:\My folder\My file'');">Click Here</a>')
However, nothing I tried ("", \", '", ...) worked (it has to be double quotes, windows CMD does not accept anything else)
Thank you
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covfefe
covfefe on 21 Jun 2022
I don't this this is working
disp(['<a href="matlab:system(''explorer.exe /select, &quot;C:\My folder\My file&quot;'');">Click Here</a>'])
does not convert the &quot; to ", leaving windows unable to execute the command

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Accepted Answer

Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 20 Jun 2022
Edited: Fangjun Jiang on 21 Jun 2022
knowing
double('"')
ans = 34
char(34)
ans = '"'
This leads to the following, which works out properly
disp('<a href="matlab:system([''explorer.exe /select, '',char(34),''c:\My Folder\My File'',char(34)] );">Click Here</a>')
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Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 21 Jun 2022
Ha! this works out
disp('<a href="matlab:system([''explorer.exe /select, '',char(34),''c:\My Folder\My File'',char(34)] );">Click Here</a>')

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Jan
Jan on 21 Jun 2022
Edited: Jan on 22 Jun 2022
I'm curious:
% [UNTESTED] [TYPO FIXED]
disp(['<a href="matlab:system(', ...
'strrep(''explorer.exe /select, $C:\My folder\My file$'', ''$'', char(34));">Click Here</a>')
Fanjung's idea:
% [UNTESTED]
disp('<a href="matlab:myExplorer(''C:\My folder\My file'');">Click Here</a>')
function myExplorer(File)
system(sprintf('explorer.exe /select, "%s"');
end
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covfefe
covfefe on 21 Jun 2022
Thanks, this one works too. (there was a typo, correct syntax is:)
disp(['<a href="matlab:system(strrep(''explorer.exe /select, $C:\My folder\My file$'', ''$'', char(34)));">Click Here</a>'])

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