Leo44 Leo44 - 1 month ago 16
PHP Question

Split Strings in Half (Word-Aware) with PHP

I'm trying to split strings in half, and it should not split in the middle of a word.

So far I came up with the following which is 99% working :

$text = "The Quick : Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy / Dog";
$half = (int)ceil(count($words = str_word_count($text, 1)) / 2);
$string1 = implode(' ', array_slice($words, 0, $half));
$string2 = implode(' ', array_slice($words, $half));


This does work, correctly splitting any string in half according to the number of words in the string. However, it is removing any symbols in the string, for example for the above example it would output :

The Quick Brown Fox Jumped
Over The Lazy Dog


I need to keep all the symbols like : and / in the string after being split. I don't understand why the current code is removing the symbols... If you can provide an alternative method or fix this method to not remove symbols, it would be greatly appreciated :)

Answer

Upon looking at your example output, I noticed all our examples are off, we're giving less to string1 if the middle of the string is inside a word rather then giving more.

For example the middle of The Quick : Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy / Dog is The Quick : Brown Fox Ju which is in the middle of a word, this first example gives string2 the split word; the bottom example gives string1 the split word.

Give less to string1 on split word

$text = "The Quick : Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy / Dog";

$middle = strrpos(substr($text, 0, floor(strlen($text) / 2)), ' ') + 1;

$string1 = substr($text, 0, $middle);  // "The Quick : Brown Fox "
$string2 = substr($text, $middle);  // "Jumped Over The Lazy / Dog"

Give more to string1 on split word

$text = "The Quick : Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy / Dog";

$splitstring1 = substr($text, 0, floor(strlen($text) / 2));
$splitstring2 = substr($text, floor(strlen($text) / 2));

if (substr($splitstring1, 0, -1) != ' ' AND substr($splitstring2, 0, 1) != ' ')
{
    $middle = strlen($splitstring1) + strpos($splitstring2, ' ') + 1;
}
else
{
    $middle = strrpos(substr($text, 0, floor(strlen($text) / 2)), ' ') + 1;    
}

$string1 = substr($text, 0, $middle);  // "The Quick : Brown Fox Jumped "
$string2 = substr($text, $middle);  // "Over The Lazy / Dog"