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htmlspecialchars_decode

Convert special HTML entities back to characters (PHP 5 >= 5.1.0)
string htmlspecialchars_decode ( string string [, int quote_style] )

This function is the opposite of htmlspecialchars(). It converts special HTML entities back to characters.

The converted entities are: &, " (when ENT_NOQUOTES is not set), ' (when ENT_QUOTES is set), < and >.

Parameters

string

The string to decode

quote_style

The quote style. One of the following constants:

Table 313. quote_style constants

Constant NameDescription
ENT_COMPATWill convert double-quotes and leave single-quotes alone (default)
ENT_QUOTESWill convert both double and single quotes
ENT_NOQUOTESWill leave both double and single quotes unconverted


Return Values

Returns the decoded string.

Examples

Example 2414. A htmlspecialchars_decode() example

<?php
$str
= '<p>this -&gt; "</p>';

echo
htmlspecialchars_decode($str);

// note that here the quotes aren't converted
echo htmlspecialchars_decode($str, ENT_NOQUOTES);
?>

The above example will output:

<p>this -> "</p>
<p>this -> &quot;</p>