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i have this string:

<p>this is a string with one <a href="http://www.velodays.com/" title="">link</a> here and another <a href="http://www.seandelaney.co.uk/" title="">link</a> here.</p>

I want to remove all <a></a> tags but keep the href values.

So for example the above would output as:

<p>this is a string with one http://www.velodays.com/ here and another http://www.seandelaney.co.uk/ here.</p>

I tried using strpos and substr but couldnt manage a solution.

Can somebody please correct me and help me get a working solution ?
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This regexp might help:
$str = '<p>this is a string with one <a href="http://www.velodays.com/" title="">link</a> here and another <a href="http://www.seandelaney.co.uk/" title="">link</a> here.</p>';
$str = preg_replace('@<a\s+href="([^"]+)"[^>]*>[^<>]*</a>@i','$1',$str);
echo $str;

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by:ellandrd
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that works fine but how do i make it work if the link format is:

<a title="" href=""></a>
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by:Roger Baklund
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Try this regexp then:
$str = preg_replace('@<a\s+.*href="(.*)".*>.*</a>@iU','$1',$str);

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thank you - both work perfect!
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