Hi Emmanuel, thank you very much. Funny, that you are using different quotes than me. I didn't know that these "other" quotes exist.
I tried to use sprintf like this: sprintf startSample"%d" - in this way the quotes are deleted in object creation. Your quotes ” are different (in this forum, the font seems to be the same for both types) - they stay there. I'm only not sure, if they're accepted by XML parsers. I'm going to try it.
Emmanuel, a hypertext research for "straight double" doesn't show any result on the Wikipedia page. Are you refering to the "quotation mark" (the first glyph in the table, code U+0022) ? If i copy paste that glyphe from wikipedia into replacing your pasted patcher quotes, they disappear... those seem to be the standard Max quotes, which are difficult to output from a sprintf box (best i succeeded :