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Request #20881 strip_tags() option to change brackets
Submitted: 2002-12-07 13:37 UTC Modified: 2003-02-06 21:50 UTC
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From: mark at seventhcycle dot net Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 4.3.0RC2 OS:
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 [2002-12-07 13:37 UTC] mark at seventhcycle dot net
#15972, which is open right now, had some good thoughts on how to expand strip_tags...

My suggestion:

1. Add a third/fourth parameter to it that (if specified) says what to change the brackets *to* instead of replacing them.

e.g.:

strip_tags("<b>hi</b><i>there</i>", "<b>", "&lt", "&gt");

would have an output of:

<b>hi</b> &lt;there&gt;

The point of this is so that rather than strip away tags that are invalid, a forum would be able to see code just fine..  Well, that, and we'd be able to have brackets on the site without typing in the html equivalent ;)

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 [2002-12-09 15:55 UTC] pollita@php.net
Your example is inconsistent with your explanation.  Does the following look like the behavior you had in mind?

strip_tags("<b>hi</b><i>there</i>", "<b>", "&lt;", "&gt;");

would have an output of:

<b>hi</b>&lt;i&gt;there&lt;/i&gt;
 [2002-12-09 17:58 UTC] mark at seventhcycle dot net
Exactly :)
 [2003-02-06 21:50 UTC] iliaa@php.net
Use strtr() it will be much faster then modifying strip_tags with the suggested functionality.

strtr($your_string, array(">" => "&gt;", "<" => "&lt;"));
 [2003-02-07 00:32 UTC] mark at seventhcycle dot net
The only problem with strtr() is that I/we weren't wanting this to translate for every tag out there...

For instance:

strip_tags($str, "<A><B><I><U>");

I was looking for something that would translate the characters if it DID NOT match those above tags.  If it does, they would be left alone.

Possibly a good compromise would be a callback function to determine what happens to tags that don't match the tags listed.
 
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