Here is what I use to select the first sentence from my text fields.

$result = mysql_query("SELECT news_id, headline, substring_index(body, 
\".\" ,1) AS body FROM news",$db);


Mike

::: Larry French ::: wrote:

> 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.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 


-- 
Mike


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