Use the trim function, or anoter function that just takes the n first

-----Original Message-----
From: Benjamin Adams [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Martes, 18 de Julio de 2006 12:25 p.m.
Subject: [PHP-DB] Only a section from the database result

I have articles in a MySQL database and I want creating a fast brows
where people can read read the beginning of the articles and select
the ones they want to read.

How do I only display the first say 50 chars of a 5000 char article?

$count = 1;
while(($row = mysql_fetch_array($News)) or ($count < 15)){
     echo "<b><a href='./showpost.php?t=" . $row['threadid'] . "'>" .
$row['title']. "</a></b><br \>";
     echo "&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;" . $row['dateline'] . " -- by: " . $row
['postusername'] . "<br \>";
     echo "&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Views: " . $row['views'] . " - Comments:
" . $row['replycount'] . "<br \><br \>";
     echo "<p>" . $row['pagetext'] . "</p>"; //This is the variable I
only want the fist 50 chars



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