solved my own problem.
if anyone else needs it, the function is substr($string, firstposition,

Mateo The Db Guy wrote:

> i'm fairly new to php, and thank you in advance for helping.
> is there a function that will extract the first character from a mysql
> result and put it into a variable?
> the goal is to make one of these  browse-by-alpha lists
> A
> Adam
> Alethea
> Arnie
> B
> Billy
> Buster
> ...
> where all the names come from the mysql query, and the anchors are
> automatically built where they need to be.

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