i have a PHP function that reads a file into a resulting array. i then need to use the rows in the PHP array to populate an HTML table. the problem is that the rows are a mixture of single elements (header lines) and rows of 5 elements (table columns). i need the single element rows to span across the 5columns where the tabbed data is below. all the data rows (with 5 elements) have a "+" sign in them, meaning that i can test for pos of + sign to determine whether the row is one header or 5 <TD>s. any pointers? i am thinking that JS is the way to go but i am new to that.
thanks in advance,
For my clarification, could you supply the text (?) from the PHP or the resulting array (?)
Just the heading and a few of the row lines as an example.
FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE ,
TIES LOSE TIES LOSE TIES LOSE ,
COL SAT OCT 8 2011 ,
1. ARIZONA 2. OREGON ST + 1,
3. GEORGIA 4. TENNESSEE U + 1,
5. MIAMI OH 6. ARMY + 1,
7. MISSOURI 8. KANSAS ST + 3,
9. NAVY 10. SOU MISS + 3,
11.ARIZ STATE 12. UTAH + 3,
^^^^that's what the data looks like
all the rows that start with 1. 3. 5. 7.etc,... are the ones that need to
go into 5 columns:
1. // ARIZONA // 2. // OREGON ST // +1
the other rows "TIES LOS...." etc need to center span across the whole table.
What do you think about something like this
We replace at first the comma followed by one or more digits, a point and a blank, then the single rank numbers, then the + signs. Then the commas not followed by a opening tag to finally remove the commas. Some classe (with the colspan="5") could achieve the look of the table
// the data without carriage return (*) (a simple preg_replace with PHP)
var data="FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE ,TIES LOSE TIES LOSE TIES LOSE ,,COL SAT OCT 8 2011 ,,1. ARIZONA 2. OREGON ST + 1,3. GEORGIA 4. TENNESSEE U + 1,5. MIAMI OH 6. ARMY + 1,7. MISSOURI 8. KANSAS ST + 3,9. NAVY 10. SOU MISS + 3,11. ARIZ STATE 12. UTAH + 3";
// Progressive replacements by using the regular expressions
var datm=data.replace(/,(\d+\. )/g,'</td></tr>,<tr><td>$1</td><td>').replace(/ (\d+\. )/g,'</td><td>$1</td><td>').replace(/ (\+ \d+)/g,'</td><td>$1</td></tr>');
var datn='<table><tr><td colspan="5">'+datm.replace(/,(?!<)/g,'</td></tr>,<td colspan="5">').replace(/,/g,'')+'</table>';
// The result in form of HTML table
(*) An other conditions like no comma at the beginning, blank before range number or plus sign, points after range number, never use of + sign (with two blanks) in names ... are necessary (particularly a blank after 11. and before ARIZONA STATE !).
Last edited by 007Julien; 06-21-2012 at 10:52 AM.
Reason: note and errors
thanks a ton. i have not yet managed to master regex. i use grep all the time so i have a limited exposure to it. that being as it is, i think i can make your logic work - if not the actual syntax. i can take each row in the PHP result and wrap it in tags according to whether it needs to span or otherwise, and concat them into one string - voila = table. i'll let you know. thanks again,
p.s i'll work on regex too.
On second thought, It is possible to go a little faster by deleting commas progressively during the processing...
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