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exclude characters from counting?



2:18 pm on Nov 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I wanted to ask if you have a string like:


is there a way to count the length of the string, excluding non-word characters (+,- or .)?

thank you


2:57 pm on Nov 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member eelixduppy is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

You could remove the chars you don't want with a str_replace [php.net] and then just get the length [php.net] of the string afterward.

Off the top of my head I can think of like 3 other ways to do this, but the one above seems simplest.


4:41 pm on Nov 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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As eelixduppy said, just replace all the non-characters.

$chars = preg_replace("/\W/i","", $my_s);

echo $chars ."<br>";
echo strlen($chars);



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