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Request #14694 GNU fmt-like linebreak algorithm as PHP function
Submitted: 2001-12-25 18:16 UTC Modified: 2014-12-30 10:41 UTC
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From: d-r at roettsches dot de Assigned:
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 [2001-12-25 18:16 UTC] d-r at roettsches dot de
Hi there,

I've been searching for a PHP implementation of the GNU textformatting tool fmt ( which provides an almost optimal linebreak for your text.

It would be better to use than wordwrap() because it avoids breaking sentences after the first word or leaving dangling ends (paragraphs with only one word on the last line). The algorithm used by fmt is similar to the one used by Tex/Latex (proposed by a paper of Knuth et al.) and thus stands for optimal output quality.

My question is, if there's anyone who is interested in implementing this for PHP, so that we can see it in one of the next releases?

I think, the function would be very useful to do some pretty reformatting of text when for example sending mail or in general doing text formatted output.

Thanks for your help in advance,



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 [2014-04-16 16:35 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback -Package: Feature/Change Request +Package: *General Issues -PHP Version: 4.1.0 +PHP Version: *
 [2014-04-16 16:35 UTC]
Are you still interested in seeing this? As far as I know this still hasn't been implemented.
 [2014-12-30 10:41 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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