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mysql alphabetical pagination

letters work but what about number and symbols



9:31 pm on Dec 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've got a database full of songs for people to request on my site. I've got alphabetical pagination working fine but I also want a page for artists that start with a number or a symbol instead of a letter.

Here's the code...

if (!isset($_GET['letter'])) {$letter = "A";} else {$letter = $_GET['letter'];}
echo '<div align="center"><b>';
for ($i=65; $i<90; $i++) {
if ($letter!= chr($i)) {echo '<a href="index.php?letter='.chr($i).'">';}
echo chr($i)."&nbsp;";
if ($letter!= chr($i)) {echo '</a>';}
echo "</b></div><p>";

$query="SELECT * FROM songs WHERE artist LIKE '".$letter."%'";

So I just want to add one link before A B C.... for everything that isn't a letter

Thanks in advance :)


8:50 pm on Dec 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld antriver.

You can use either the MySQL function ASCII or SUBSTRING to do this. So to fetch all artists whose name doesn't start with an alpha character:

$query="SELECT * FROM songs WHERE ASCII(UPPER(artist)) NOT BETWEEN ASCII('A') and ASCII('Z')";


$query="SELECT * FROM songs WHERE UPPER(SUBSTRING(artist,1,1)) NOT BETWEEN 'A' and 'Z'";

Hope this helps.


7:55 pm on Dec 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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thanks, that works great :)

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