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Truncates text blocks over the specified character limit. The behavior will not truncate an individual word, it will find the first space that is within the limit and truncate at that point. This method is UTF-8 safe.

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truncate($text, $length=0)
Parameter Name Default Value Description
$text $text The text to truncate.
$length 0 $length The maximum length of the text.


string The truncated text.

Defined in



JLoader::register('JHtmlString', JPATH_LIBRARIES.'/joomla/html/html/string.php');

Source Body

function truncate($text, $length = 0)
        // Truncate the item text if it is too long.
        if ($length > 0 && JString::strlen($text) > $length)
                // Find the first space within the allowed length.
                $tmp = JString::substr($text, 0, $length);
                $tmp = JString::substr($tmp, 0, JString::strrpos($tmp, ' '));

                // If we don't have 3 characters of room, go to the second space within the limit.
                if (JString::strlen($tmp) >= $length - 3) {
                        $tmp = JString::substr($tmp, 0, JString::strrpos($tmp, ' '));

                $text = $tmp.'...';

        return $text;

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echo JHTML::_('string.truncate', ($this->item->title), $params->get('readmore_limit'));

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