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Abridges text strings over the specified character limit. The behavior will insert an ellipsis into the text replacing a section of variable size to ensure the string does not exceed the defined maximum length. This method is UTF-8 safe.

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abridge($text, $length=50, $intro=30)
Parameter Name Default Value Description
$text $text The text to abridge.
$length 50 $length The maximum length of the text.
$intro 30 $intro The maximum length of the intro text.


string The abridged text.

Defined in



jimport( 'joomla.html.html.string' );

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function abridge($text, $length = 50, $intro = 30)
        // Abridge the item text if it is too long.
        if (JString::strlen($text) > $length) {
                // Determine the remaining text length.
                $remainder = $length - ($intro + 3);

                // Extract the beginning and ending text sections.
                $beg = JString::substr($text, 0, $intro);
                $end = JString::substr($text, JString::strlen($text)-$remainder);

                // Build the resulting string.
                $text = $beg.'...'.$end;

        return $text;

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