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Posted on 2012-03-23
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Hi there, I would like to know, how do I find this: (IN HTML SOURCE)

"Now Viewing Page 1 of X" and insert X into the $lastpage .

Example:
"Now Viewing Page 1 of 7"
$lastpage = 7;
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Question by:mropenmind
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by:Ray Paseur
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Please post the HTML source.  You can probably use strpos() or explode() to find the data, but it will be better to use a good test data set and be sure of the answer.
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<div class="pagecontainer">                  
                        <div class="pagelocal"><b>Now Viewing Page 1 of 7</b></div>
                              <div>
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See http://www.laprbass.com/RAY_temp_mropenmind.php
<?php // RAY_temp_mropenmind.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);
echo "<pre>";

// TEST DATA FROM THE POST AT EE
$htm = <<<HTM
<div class="pagecontainer">
                        <div class="pagelocal"><b>Now Viewing Page 1 of 7</b></div>
                              <div>
HTM;

// A FUNCTION TO FIND THE LAST PAGE NUMBER
function findLastPage($htm, $sig='Now Viewing Page')
{
    // EXPLODE ON THE SIGNAL STRING
    $arr = explode($sig, $htm);

    // LOCATE THE END OF THE TARGET STRING
    $poz = strpos($arr[1], '<');
    $txt = trim(substr($arr[1],0,$poz));

    // EXPLODE ON THE 'of' STRING
    $arr = explode('of', $txt);
    return trim($arr[1]);
}

$lastpage = FindLastPage($htm);
var_dump($lastpage);

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You can probably do this with some kind of regular expression, but I often find that the simplicity of using explode and related string functions makes my code easier to write, test and understand.  HTH, ~Ray
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