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convert html into regular text

nl2br(strip_tags($str, '<br>'));



can convert

<br>
<p>hi how are you<p>
<b>bold</b>


into regular text

using a php function



but I want to convert a more complex input


<br>
<p>hi how are you
<h1>h1 tag</h1>
<h2>h2 tag</h2>
<h3>h3 tag</h3>

<p>
<b>bold</b>
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wdosanjosCommented:
I'm not a PHP programmer, but I've done that in C# with the following regular expression:
<(.|\n)*?>

I think in PHP would be something like this:
preg_replace("/<(.|\n)*?>/", "", $str);

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Ray PaseurCommented:
Please show us exactly what you want the output to be from converting this code snippet.
<br>
<p>hi how are you
<h1>h1 tag</h1>
<h2>h2 tag</h2>
<h3>h3 tag</h3>

<p>
<b>bold</b>

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ute_arbeitCommented:
You can find many free html2text converters if you are googling around.
For example here is one script (under Eclipse Public License) which looks quite simple and reasonable.

Just use it like this:
require("html2text.php");
...
$text = convert_html_to_text ($html);

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rgb192Author Commented:
$before='
<br>
<p>hi how are you
<h1>h1 tag</h1>
<h2>h2 tag</h2>
<h3>h3 tag</h3>

<p>
<b>bold</b>
';




output:


hi how are you
h1 tag
h2 tag
h3 tag

bold




and I dont know how to but $before in

$str = <<<ENDSTRING
ENDSTRING


(that is from your previous answer)
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Ray PaseurCommented:
See http://www.laprbass.com/RAY_temp_rgb192.php
<?php // RAY_temp_rgb192.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);


// TEST DATA
$before='
<br>
<p>hi how are you
<h1>h1 tag</h1>
<h2>h2 tag</h2>
<h3>h3 tag</h3>

<p>
<b>bold</b>
';

/* DESIRED OUTPUT

hi how are you
h1 tag
h2 tag
h3 tag

bold
*/

// PROCESS THE TEST DATA
$after = nl2br(strip_tags($before));
echo $after;

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Ray PaseurCommented:
This is called heredoc syntax.

$str = <<<ENDSTRING
 -- heredoc stuff is contained in
 -- the lines before the ENDSTRING
ENDSTRING;

The rules for heredoc are shown here:
http://www.php.net/manual/en/language.types.string.php#language.types.string.syntax.heredoc

It is VERY useful for things like forms, etc.  Variable substitution occurs inside heredoc strings and quotes do not need to be escaped.
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ute_arbeitCommented:
Sorry, I forgot the url in my previous post. Here is the same post again:

You can find many free html2text converters if you are googling around.
For example here http://journals.jevon.org/users/jevon-phd/entry/19818 is one script (under Eclipse Public License) which looks quite simple and reasonable.

Just use it like this:
require("html2text.php");
...
$text = convert_html_to_text ($html);

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Vimal DMSenior Software EngineerCommented:
Hai,

Just use the function " strip_tags($str) " need not to pass  another arguments
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Ray PaseurCommented:
@vimalmaria: Without nl2br() the output is: hi how are you h1 tag h2 tag h3 tag bold because HTML treats new line characters (indeed all white space) like blanks.

That is somewhat different from:
hi how are you
h1 tag
h2 tag
h3 tag


bold
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rgb192Author Commented:


Thanks, I have a similar question

I want to send the £  symbol without utf-8 encoding


http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/Q_26864165.html
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rgb192Author Commented:
Thanks, I have a similar question

I want to send the £  symbol without utf-8 encoding


http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/Q_26864165.html
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