Larry, take a look in the MySQL manual (or other SQL reference, but MySQL
has it there)

String Functions
http://www.mysql.com/doc/S/t/String_functions.html

Particularly, look at (no named anchors that I can see :)
LOCATE(substr,str,pos)

ie, you could use perhaps
LOCATE(" ", yourField, 95)

?

HTH

Beau

// -----Original Message-----
// From: ::: Larry French ::: [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
// Sent: Tuesday, 14 May 2002 8:29 AM
// To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
// Subject: [PHP-DB] SELECTING a sentence from a text field?
// 
// 
// Hello all. I have a MySQL field called 'description' that contains a
// paragraph of text. I want to pull out the first 30 words (or 
// there about)
// from 'description'.
// 
// This is what I came up with:
// 
// "SELECT
// ID,
// name,
// LEFT(description,95),
// IF(enrolling = 1,'Currently enrolling','')
// FROM trials
// ORDER BY name ASC
// LIMIT $offset, $limit"
// 
// Obviously this grabs the first 95 characters from 
// 'description', but when I
// display 'description' the word at the end of the string 
// (after the 95th
// charter) is often cut right in the middle.
// 
// I know that I could select the whole field then use a regex 
// to chop the
// string at the first '.' but I would rather have a SQL 
// statement that only
// grabs the text I need.
// 
// So how do I write a SQL statement that will grab the first 
// 30 words without
// chopping the last word?
// 
// Thanks for your time.
// larry.
// 
// 
// 
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