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[Solved] limitcharacters is stripping html


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13 July 2010 at 4:03am (Last edited: 16 July 2010 4:49am), Community Member, 25 Posts

I have 3 featured columns on the homepage of a project I am working on. I am limiting the number of characters it returns for consistency. My code is as follows.

$Content.LimitCharacters(285, ...)

For whatever reason it is returning the content without the p tags which is the only html in the content. So the first 2 paragraphs become one and it is quite ugly.

I need those p tags!!!

Any ideas?


13 July 2010 at 9:17am (Last edited: 13 July 2010 10:14am), Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts


It does say in the documentation (and quite clearly in the php code if you were to open '\sapphire\core\model\fieldtypes\HTMLText.php') of the function that it will strip tags. I can see why this is required due to limiting the number of words... if you counted words within script tags you would get a bad result. And the logic of maintaining the html and counting words id not that easy to do.

You could write your own function if you want to only count words not in tags. As a quick and dirty solution I might use...
1) replace your </p> & <br> with something like {ENDLINE}
2)do the same logic as LimitCharacters
3)Replace {ENDLINE} with <br>



13 July 2010 at 9:40am Community Member, 25 Posts

But I don't want to only count words and not in tags. I want it to return the words and the tags.


13 July 2010 at 10:03am Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

If I misunderstood I'm sorry...

Regarding the function... it clearly strips the tags and the reason for doing so is obvious... it is not easy to count the number of words while there are tags in there... really it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to create the function yourself based on my simple suggestion... why not do that?

You can raise this as a ticket on as an enhancement... but it is my very strong suspicion it would be quicker to do it yourself :) Or how about doing it yourself AND sharing it with us?