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PHP Variable with wordwrap

Hey everyone,
I hope you're doing well. I recently started working with PHP and have come across something that I'm struggling to understand. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me out.

So, my question is about using the PHP variable with wordwrap function. I know that the wordwrap function in PHP is used to wrap a string into multiple lines by inserting a line break (\n) at a specified character count. However, I'm not quite sure how to use it with a PHP variable.

Let me provide some context to make it clearer. I have a variable, let's call it $myText, which contains a long string of text. I want to wrap this text into multiple lines, say with a maximum of 80 characters per line. How can I achieve this using the wordwrap function in PHP?

I've read the documentation about the wordwrap function, but I couldn't quite figure out the syntax for using it with a variable. I tried a few approaches, like:

$wrappedText = wordwrap($myText, 80, "\n");

But it doesn't seem to work as expected. Could someone please guide me on how to correctly use the wordwrap function with a PHP variable? Is there something I'm missing or doing wrong?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance for your time and assistance!

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Hello everyone,
I encountered a similar issue with using the wordwrap function in PHP, and I'm happy to share my personal experience in hopes of helping you out!

When it comes to using the wordwrap function with a PHP variable, you're on the right path. Based on what I've learned, here's an example that might be useful:

Let's say you have a variable called $myText, and it contains a lengthy paragraph. If you want to wrap this paragraph at 100 characters per line, you can utilize the wordwrap function as follows:

$wrappedText = wordwrap($myText, 100, "\n", true);

In this case, the third parameter ("\n") represents the line break character to insert, just like the previous responses mentioned. However, there's an additional fourth parameter, 'true', included here. By setting it to 'true', the wordwrap function will ensure that words are not broken in the middle and will wrap the text at the nearest word boundary.

If you find that the wordwrap function doesn't seem to produce the expected result, you might want to check if the original text contains any unusual characters or whitespace that could be affecting the wrapping behavior. Additionally, consider examining how the wrapped text is used or displayed in your code after applying the wordwrap function.

I hope sharing my personal experience has shed some light on using the wordwrap function with PHP variables. If you have any further questions or need clarification, please feel free to ask. Good luck with your PHP endeavors!


Hey there,
I've had a similar experience with using the wordwrap function in PHP with variables, so I can definitely help you out! To correctly use the wordwrap function, you're on the right track with the syntax you mentioned:

$wrappedText = wordwrap($myText, 80, "\n");

The first parameter ($myText) is the variable that contains your long string of text. The second parameter (80) represents the maximum character count you want per line. And finally, the third parameter ("\n") specifies the line break character you want to insert.

However, it's important to note that the wordwrap function returns the modified string rather than modifying the original variable directly. So make sure to assign the result to a new variable (like $wrappedText) to capture the wrapped text.

In your case, if $wrappedText doesn't seem to work as expected, there might be additional factors at play. For instance, check if your original string contains any line breaks or special characters that could affect the wrapping. You could try applying the trim() function to remove any leading or trailing whitespace.

Additionally, it might be useful to check if the wordwrap function is being applied correctly in the broader context of your code. For instance, ensure that you're outputting or manipulating the $wrappedText variable appropriately afterwards.

I hope this clears things up for you! Let me know if you have any further questions or if there's anything else I can assist you with. Good luck with your PHP project!


I can understand your confusion while trying to use the wordwrap function with a PHP variable. Let me share my personal experience with you, hoping that it helps!

To use the wordwrap function with a variable, you're on the right track, just like User 1 mentioned. For instance, if you have a variable called $longText containing a lengthy paragraph, and you want to wrap it at 60 characters per line, you could do something like:

$wrappedText = wordwrap($longText, 60, "\n");

In this example, the wordwrap function will take the text in $longText and wrap it at every 60 characters, inserting a line break ("\n") at the end of each line.

However, if you're finding that it's not working as expected, it's worth considering any additional factors. For instance, make sure that your original text doesn't already have line breaks or newlines in it. These existing line breaks may interfere with the wrapping behavior and cause unexpected results.

Additionally, keep in mind that the wordwrap function tries to wrap the text by breaking it at word boundaries if possible. This means that if a word is longer than the specified wrap length, it won't be split, and the line will extend beyond the desired number of characters. Be mindful of this behavior when examining the output.

I hope this insight based on my personal experience clarifies things for you. Feel free to reach out if you have any follow-up questions or need further assistance. Good luck with your PHP coding!

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