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Hi :)

I'm haveing a little trouble working with a string which I need to insert a substring on certain positions.

Basically I'm trying to create a pagination for a wordpress site by inserting <!--nextpage--> on certain point in a content string. The content string is of various size from page to page and can contain HTML..so I need to insert the substring on a logical point without breaking the html.

My initial thought was to count the words and after x-number of words, search for the nearest closing html tag and insert the substring here.

So for example lets say that we insert the substring after every 700th word. Any help would be greatly appriciated :)

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Ok I think I might have a solution here. It works from a few tests that I have done, but forgive me but its late :)

Basically it is a function that takes a string, and the number of words you would like on each page. It splits the string by this amount. It then searches each page, finding the first close HTML tag. All text before this tag is added to the previous page, with the Newpage identifier added to it.

The function returns the pages as an array for easy sorting. You might want to do quite a bit of testing on this, and optimise it a little, as it might run a little slow. But once again it is late, and I hope this helps. :)

print_r (createPages($string,700));



function createPages($string, $numberOfWords ) 
{ 
    $words = preg_split('/\s/', $string); 
    $lines = array(); 
    $line = ''; 
    
    $countedWords = 0 ;
    
    foreach ($words as $k => $word) { 
        
    	$line .= $word . " ";
    	$countedWords++;
    	
    	if ( $countedWords == 700 )
    	{
    		$pages[] = $line;
    		$line = '';
    		$countedWords = 0;
    	}
    } 
    
    $pageCounter = 0;
    foreach ($pages as $page)
    {
    	if ($pageCounter)
    	{
    		$found = strpos($page, ">");
    		if ( $found ) 
    		{
    			$start = substr ( $page , 0 , $found ) ;
    			$pages [$pageCounter-1] .= " ". $start . "><!--nextpage-->";
    			$found = 0;
    			
    		}
    	}
    	
    	$pageCounter++;
    	
    }
    
    return $pages; 
}

Edited by mikulucky: Spelling

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Ok I think I might have a solution here. It works from a few tests that I have done, but forgive me but its late :)

Basically it is a function that takes a string, and the number of words you would like on each page. It splits the string by this amount. It then searches each page, finding the first close HTML tag. All text before this tag is added to the previous page, with the Newpage identifier added to it.

The function returns the pages as an array for easy sorting. You might want to do quite a bit of testing on this, and optimise it a little, as it might run a little slow. But once again it is late, and I hope this helps. :)

print_r (createPages($string,700));



function createPages($string, $numberOfWords ) 
{ 
    $words = preg_split('/\s/', $string); 
    $lines = array(); 
    $line = ''; 
    
    $countedWords = 0 ;
    
    foreach ($words as $k => $word) { 
        
    	$line .= $word . " ";
    	$countedWords++;
    	
    	if ( $countedWords == 700 )
    	{
    		$pages[] = $line;
    		$line = '';
    		$countedWords = 0;
    	}
    } 
    
    $pageCounter = 0;
    foreach ($pages as $page)
    {
    	if ($pageCounter)
    	{
    		$found = strpos($page, ">");
    		if ( $found ) 
    		{
    			$start = substr ( $page , 0 , $found ) ;
    			$pages [$pageCounter-1] .= " ". $start . "><!--nextpage-->";
    			$found = 0;
    			
    		}
    	}
    	
    	$pageCounter++;
    	
    }
    
    return $pages; 
}

Hi, thanks alot for your reply :)

It seems to be working aaaalmost perfectly :)

However..I'm encountering some smaller issues:

It sees to insert the substring after an opening html tag if there is no ending html tag nearby / if it encounters an opening html tag before a closing one after the position it searches for inside the main string.

For example in my case I noticed that it inserted the substring like this:

blabla main string her <blockquote><!--nextpage-->

Perhaps a way of checking if the first tag it encounters is a opening or closing html tag. If opening html tag, insert the substring BEFORE the tag, if closing tag, insert the substring AFTER the tag.

The second minor issues I encounter was that on, for example, page # 2, it echoed some words from the string which is before the nextpage substring.

Example:

$pages[0] = blabla SOME TEXT HERE <!--nextpage-->
$pages[1] = SOME TEXT HERE blabla

So as you see, "SOME TEXT HERE" gets repeated on the next page :)

Thanks alot in advance for helping me out here :)

Edited by Aksel: typo

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Hi, thanks alot for your reply :)

It seems to be working aaaalmost perfectly :)

However..I'm encountering some smaller issues:

It sees to insert the substring after an opening html tag if there is no ending html tag nearby / if it encounters an opening html tag before a closing one after the position it searches for inside the main string.

For example in my case I noticed that it inserted the substring like this:

blabla main string her <blockquote><!--nextpage-->

Perhaps a way of checking if the first tag it encounters is a opening or closing html tag. If opening html tag, insert the substring BEFORE the tag, if closing tag, insert the substring AFTER the tag.

The second minor issues I encounter was that on, for example, page # 2, it echoed some words from the string which is before the nextpage substring.

Example:

$pages[0] = blabla SOME TEXT HERE <!--nextpage-->
$pages[1] = SOME TEXT HERE blabla

So as you see, "SOME TEXT HERE" gets repeated on the next page :)

Thanks alot in advance for helping me out here :)

Oh yeah..it also seems to cut off any remaining part of the original string which might be left AFTER the last occurance of the

<!--nextpage-->

.

Guessing this has something to do that it increases the counter only when the counter reaches 700 words..? So if the last remaining paft has less than 700 words it doesn't save this part of the main string into the array :/

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Well what you could do, where I am searching for '>' you could turn it to search for '</'. Then use this number for the offset then search again for '>'. Then once you have that then concatenate <!--nextpage--> to the end of that value?

As for loosing the final part of the text, sorry I didn't test for that but it was late lol. What you could do, you could do a stringLenght check on each section of the array as it loops round. Then add this together, to get a total length. Once you have this, then create a new string based on original string, then use the number you have as the start, till the end of the original string. This will give you the remaining part of the text. Then push this into a new element of the array.

Well I hope that helps :)

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