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Snippet Name: Convert HTML to plain text

Description: If you want to extract the text content of a HTML document (eg - get rid of all the HTML and Javascript), try the following code:

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Language: PHP
Highlight Mode: PHP
Last Modified: March 16th, 2009

// $document should contain an HTML document.
// This will remove HTML tags, javascript sections
// and white space. It will also convert some
// common HTML entities to their text equivalent.
$search = ARRAY ("'<script[^>]*?>.*?</script>'si",  // Strip out javascript
                 "'<[/!]*?[^<>]*?>'si",          // Strip out HTML tags
                 "'([rn])[s]+'",                // Strip out white space
                 "'&(quot|#34);'i",                // Replace HTML entities
                 "'&#(d+);'e");                    // evaluate as php
$replace = ARRAY ("",
                 " ",
$text = PREG_REPLACE($search, $replace, $document);

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