Adrian33 Adrian33 - 10 months ago 38
PHP Question

Removing HTML without escaping

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How can PHP remove all instances of the above snippet in a page without requiring escaping the above string. Or, how can I easily get the escape-string of the above in order to plug into a preg_replace to remove it.

I need to run PHP on the server against a bunch of htm files. It must be done on the server-side in one operation.


You could escape your search string with preg_quote:

string preg_quote ( string $str [, string $delimiter = NULL ] )

preg_quote() takes str and puts a backslash in front of every character that is part of the regular expression syntax. This is useful if you have a run-time string that you need to match in some text and the string may contain special regex characters.

The special regular expression characters are: . \ + * ? [ ^ ] $ ( ) { } = ! < > | : -