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sprintf('"%s" <%s> (%s) [%s]', a, b, c, d);

will not display <%s>

I get "a" (c) [d] not "a" <b> (c) [d]

do I need some escape character or something?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Yes, all the options for use in sprintf() are on this page: http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.sprintf.php  To actually display a '%', you need two of them '%%'.
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by:Chris Stanyon
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If you're outputting this in HTML you won't see the bit between <> because your page will think it's an HTML tag. View the source of your page and you'll see it, but to render the < and > in HTML you need to use the HTML entities &lt; and &gt;

sprintf('"%s" &lt;%s%gt; (%s) [%s]', a, b, c, d);

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Greg Alexander earned 500 total points
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Just a thought

<?= sprintf('"%s" &lt;%s&gt; (%s) [%s]', a, b, c, d); ?>

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by:Greg Alexander
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Sorry, didn't see that... don't give me points ;)
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by:mosemadl
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I don't need %

I need <b>

The less than symbol is the issue.
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by:Chris Stanyon
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@mosemadl - have you just cross-posted or did you miss my post completely?
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by:mosemadl
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Sorry galexander07. That's exactly it.
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I seem to be having another invisible day :/
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