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Title : ASCII To HTML Converter
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Murray Moffatt
Date : Aug 02nd 2005
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  Title: ASCII To HTML Converter

  Description: Accept a chunk of ASCII text and convert it
    into HTML suitable for outputting to a browser.
    Useful when you've got text stored in a database and you
    want to output it and automatically convert URLs into
    real links.

  Author: Murray Moffatt for A Web 4 U Designs

    2005-02-25 : Initial coding.
    2005-08-02 : Make stand-alone and include sample call for
      publishing on

function ascii2html($text) {
// Encode any HTML tags
$text = htmlentities($text);

// Split the text into an array and treat each element as a paragraph
$textarray = split("\n", $text);

  for (
$i = 0, $j = count($textarray); $i < $j; $i++) {
// Turn HTTP and FTP URLs into links
$textarray[$i] = preg_replace("/((ht|f)tp:\/\/[^\s&]+)/", "<a href=\"$1\">$1</a>", $textarray[$i]);

// Turn email addresses into links
$textarray[$i] = preg_replace("/(\\S+@\\S+\\.\\w+)/", "<a href=\"mailto:$1\">$1</a>", $textarray[$i]);

// Add paragraphs
$textarray[$i] = "<p>" . $textarray[$i] . "</p>";
join("\n", $textarray);
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "">
<title>ASCII To HTML</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta name="author" content="A Web 4 U Designs -">
<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" text="#000000">
<p>Here is the result:</p>
This is the first paragraph.
Bold example: Use the <b> tag to get bold.
Visit today.
Don't forget to send an email to [email protected] for more info.

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 matthew waygood wrote :1343
nice but i`d make one change:-

$textarray[$i] = preg_replace("/((ht|f)tp:\/\/[^\s&]+)/", "&lt;a href=\"$1\"&gt;$1&lt;/a&gt;", $textarray[$i]); 


$textarray[$i] = preg_replace("/((http|ftp|https):\/\/[^\s&]+)/", "&lt;a href=\"$1\"&gt;$1&lt;/a&gt;", $textarray[$i]);