remove format from text

Hello experts ....

i have a PHP site that display news

some times my client copy and paste news from news site ..... so he copy formated test and paste it in the text area in the form i made to him to insert news into Data base

my question is :

1- if he entered formated test into the data base .... can i disply this formated text without formt  ?? coz i take the frist 400 characters from the last new and display it in the home page and i want to display it without format


2- is it possiple to remove format when the Admin press insert button in the insertion form ??



Thanks





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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Connect With a Mentor Billing EngineerCommented:
you might also use the function strip_tags for that:
http://php.net/strip_tags

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ictinusCommented:
can you post an example of what you want and don't want?
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FLAASHERAuthor Commented:
the user copy this line from another site :

" this is sample text of the admin copy and paste  "




But becuse i provided him with rich text era format when he copy and paste the text into the insertion form the text inserted into the data base as following :
 
this is <span class="style5">sample text </span>of the <strong>admin copy a</strong>nd paste





i diplay this text in the home page and i need to display it without any format ..... i want it just a plain text  .... want to display it like this :


" this is sample text of the admin copy and paste  "





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ictinusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you can use str_replace so long as certian elements are the same so in this case you would use str_replace to take out the <stong> and <span> tags.  

$string_from_db = "this is <span class="style5">sample text </span>of the <strong>admin copy a</strong>nd paste
"

$replace1 = "<span class="style5">";
$replace2 = "</span>";


$new_string = str_replace(" $replace1 ", " ( leave blank here because you want to replace it with white space ", "$string_from_db");

echo $new_string;

that's an example here is a reference to str_replace .

http://us2.php.net/str_replace

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FLAASHERAuthor Commented:
i want to remove all HTML tags ......  not only <stong> and <span>


<stong> and <span> just fro example




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John KawakamiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
$string = preg_replace('/<.+?>/', '', $string);
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FLAASHERAuthor Commented:
Dear jk2001
 Many  thanks


can u please explain this line to me ??



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FLAASHERAuthor Commented:
Thanks all


angelIII  provide me with the best answer




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