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Simple Swear Filter In PHP

30th September 2008 - 3 minutes read time

Use the following function to filter out words from user input. It works by having a pre-set array of words that are to be excluded, this array is then looped through and each item is used to replace any instances of that word within the text. The regular expression uses the \b character class, which stands for any word boundary. This way you don't get the middle of words being filtered out when they are not meant to be.

By using the e of the preg_replace function it is possible to run PHP functions within the output. In this case we count the number of characters found in the replace and use this to create a string of stars (*) of equal length.

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