Nothing will be inserted if the variable is empty, so you could just use
$firstname, $product, $date, etc. inside your "letter".  The main problem is
adding logic to your "letter" to respond appropriately based on the value of
different variables.  For example:

$MailBody = "";
if (empty($firstname))
        $MailBody .= "Dear Customer";
        $MailBody .= "Dear $firstname";

Note the use of .= to append to the string.

-----Original Message-----
From: Henry [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 10:53 AM
Subject: [PHP] find and replace in php

Imagine I have a piece of text

"Dear [firstname]

Thankyou for purchasing [product] on [date].

We're sure you'll be very [expectation].

Ta Very much."

Whats the easiest way to replace all the things in square brackets with
variables of the same name.

i.e. $firstname, $product, $date, $expectation

Whilst ensuring that if the variable doesn't exist then it will be replaced
with "" (absolutely nothing).

Thankyou in advance


PHP General Mailing List (
To unsubscribe, visit:
This message is intended for the sole use of the individual and entity to
whom it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged,
confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law.  If you are
not the intended addressee, nor authorized to receive for the intended
addressee, you are hereby notified that you may not use, copy, disclose or
distribute to anyone the message or any information contained in the
message.  If you have received this message in error, please immediately
advise the sender by reply email and delete the message.  Thank you very

PHP General Mailing List (
To unsubscribe, visit:

Reply via email to