Escaping quotation marks in PHP

  • 问题

    I am getting a parse error, and I think it\'s because of the quotation marks over \"time\". How can I make it treat it as a whole string?

        $text1 = \'From time to \"time\" this submerged or latent theater in \'Hamlet\'
        becomes almost overt. It is close to the surface in Hamlet\'s pretense of madness,
        the \"antic disposition\" he puts on to protect himself and prevent his antagonists
        from plucking out the heart of his mystery. It is even closer to the surface when
        Hamlet enters his mother\'s room and holds up, side by side, the pictures of the
        two kings, Old Hamlet and Claudius, and proceeds to describe for her the true
        nature of the choice she has made, presenting truth by means of a show.
        Similarly, when he leaps into the open grave at Ophelia\'s funeral, ranting in
        high heroic terms, he is acting out for Laertes, and perhaps for himself as well,
        the folly of excessive, melodramatic expressions of grief.\";
        $text2 = \'From time to \"time\"\';
        similar_text($textl, $text2, $p);
        echo \"Percent: $p%\";

    The problem is that I can\'t manually add \\ before every quotation mark. This is the actual text I need to compare.



    Use a backslash as such

    "From time to \"time\"";

    Backslashes are used in PHP to escape special characters within quotes. As PHP does not distinguish between strings and characters, you could also use this

    'From time to "time"';

    The difference between single and double quotes is that double quotes allows for string interpolation, meaning that you can reference variables inline in the string and their values will be evaluated in the string like such

    $name = 'Chris';
    $greeting = "Hello my name is $name"; //equals "Hello my name is Chris"

    As per your last edit of your question I think the easiest thing you may be able to do that this point is to use a 'heredoc.' They aren't commonly used and honestly I wouldn't normally recommend it but if you want a fast way to get this wall of text in to a single string. The syntax can be found here: and here is an example:

    $someVar = "hello";
    $someOtherVar = "goodbye";
    $heredoc = <<<term
    This is a long line of text that include variables such as $someVar
    and additionally some other variable $someOtherVar. It also supports having
    'single quotes' and "double quotes" without terminating the string itself.
    heredocs have additional functionality that most likely falls outside
    the scope of what you aim to accomplish.

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    edited Nov 3 '11 at 18:16

    answered Nov 3 '11 at 17:21

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    Use the addslashes function:

     $str = "Is your name O'Reilly?";
     // Outputs: Is your name O\'Reilly?
       echo addslashes($str);

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    edited Jul 8 at 14:56

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    answered Oct 18 '13 at 9:58

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      it's strange ..i was having trouble with exact same word :D. Thanks – Latheesh V M Villa Sep 13 '18 at 4:57

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    Save your text not in a PHP file, but in an ordinary text file called, say, "text.txt"

    Then with one simple $text1 = file_get_contents('text.txt'); command have your text with not a single problem.

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    edited Jul 8 at 14:57

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    • Actually, I will have a function that returns the text from a doc file as such $text1 = readDoc("abc.docx"); // returns text Will this be fine? – user478636 Nov 3 '11 at 18:21
    • Sorry it was my mistake, I thought you could use @ or some other character before the beginning of the string like in c#. Anyways it works. – user478636 Nov 3 '11 at 18:39

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    $text1= "From time to \"time\"";


    $text1= 'From time to "time"';

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    answered Nov 3 '11 at 17:22

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    Either escape the quote:

    $text1= "From time to \"time\"";

    or use single quotes to denote your string:

    $text1= 'From time to "time"';

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    edited Jun 10 '17 at 16:13

    nyedidikeke 3,55766 gold badges2424 silver badges3939 bronze badges

    answered Nov 3 '11 at 17:22

    Manos DilaverakisManos Dilaverakis 4,92144 gold badges2424 silver badges5656 bronze badges

    • wrong answer. please correct it – Ariful Islam Nov 3 '11 at 17:23
    • The problem is that I have this string. 'From time to "time", the boy would get 'confused'' it gives an error – user478636 Nov 3 '11 at 17:27

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    You can use the PHP function addslashes() to any string to make it compatible

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    edited Jul 8 at 14:58

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    answered Nov 3 '11 at 17:22

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    • tbe problem is that i have a large text with many "" marks, and its giving parse error. I need this string as i will use it in similar_text() function – user478636 Nov 3 '11 at 17:25

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    Use htmlspecialchars(). Then quote and less / greater than symbols don't break your HTML tags~

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