String highlighting problem (newbie)

I have two questions:

1. I have a string
@string = "This is a long string".

How can I do to make two words "bold" or "italic" in this string, for
example "is" and "long" shoudl be <b>?

2. I am searching in the mysql database with this code:

@results = Product.find(:all, :conditions => [ "name LIKE ?",
"%"+@searchstring+"%"])

What if I want to search for many words in different order? I mean if I
should searched for example: "string is a long this" in the string
above?

Thanks,

Mark

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I have two questions:

1. I have a string
@string = "This is a long string".

How can I do to make two words "bold" or "italic" in this string, for
example "is" and "long" shoudl be <b>?

I would probably use gsub. But at the end of the day it depends on how the words to be bolded are determined.

2. I am searching in the mysql database with this code:

@results = Product.find(:all, :conditions => [ "name LIKE ?",
"%"+@searchstring+"%"])

What if I want to search for many words in different order? I mean if I
should searched for example: "string is a long this" in the string
above?

You need a full text search engine, for example the one in mysql, ferret, sphinx etc...

Fred

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On 29 Dec 2007, at 13:47, Mark Toth wrote:

Thanks,

Mark
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Brute force method?

ar = @string.split(' ')
ar[1] = "<b>#{ar[1]}</b>"
ar[3] = "<b>#{ar[3]}</b>"
@string = ar.join(' ')

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On Dec 29, 2007 6:47 AM, Mark Toth <mark.toth@telia.com> wrote:

I have two questions:

1. I have a string
@string = "This is a long string".

How can I do to make two words "bold" or "italic" in this string, for
example "is" and "long" shoudl be <b>?

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     of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

Thanks for your answer.

I have now used the following for the 1.:

a1 = "+"
a2 = "*"
@searchstring = params[:searching].gsub(" ", "* +")
@results = Product.find_by_sql("SELECT * FROM products WHERE MATCH
(name,sku) AGAINST ('"+a1+@searchstring+a2+"' IN BOOLEAN MODE) order by
name desc LIMIT 0,50;")

It works, BUT not for numbers. Any idea why it coesn´t work for numbers?
If I have example: "this is 34" in the database. It works fine "this
is", but as soon as I enter the "34" it shows no results.

About 2:

Brute force method? - What do you mean by this?

ar = @string.split(' ')
ar[1] = "<b>#{ar[1]}</b>"
ar[3] = "<b>#{ar[3]}</b>"
@string = ar.join(' ')

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About 2:

Brute force method? - What do you mean by this?

ar = @string.split(' ')
ar[1] = "<b>#{ar[1]}</b>"
ar[3] = "<b>#{ar[3]}</b>"
@string = ar.join(' ')

Also the string can be different, like "Blabla bla is a long string".

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By brute force, I meant simply a quick and dirty operation
1. split the string into components
2. modify the components
3. reassemble/join the components

If you have need to do this on a repetitive basis, you could develop a
method to apply this logic, something like

def hilite(a_str, a_nbr, a_tag='b')
   ix = a_nbr - 1
   ar = a_str.split(' ')
   ar[ix] = "<#{a_tag}>#{ar[ix]}</#{a_tag}>"
   str = ar.join(' ')
   return str
end
strx = "This is a long string"
p strx
strx = hilite(strx,2) # make word 2 bold
p strx
strx = hilite(strx,4,'i') # make word 4 italic
p strx

This is still pretty brute force, since the method will break badly if
you pass it the wrong elements - no error/bounds checking. You could
modify it to scan for a particular word to hilite instead of using a
word number.

Enjoy,

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On Dec 29, 2007 12:11 PM, Mark Toth <mark.toth@telia.com> wrote:

Brute force method? - What do you mean by this?

ar = @string.split(' ')
ar[1] = "<b>#{ar[1]}</b>"
ar[3] = "<b>#{ar[3]}</b>"
@string = ar.join(' ')

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Collins Richey
     If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries
     of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

Thanks for your answer.

I have now used the following for the 1.:

a1 = "+"
a2 = "*"
@searchstring = params[:searching].gsub(" ", "* +")
@results = Product.find_by_sql("SELECT * FROM products WHERE MATCH
(name,sku) AGAINST ('"+a1+@searchstring+a2+"' IN BOOLEAN MODE) order by
name desc LIMIT 0,50;")

It works, BUT not for numbers. Any idea why it coesn´t work for numbers?
If I have example: "this is 34" in the database. It works fine "this
is", but as soon as I enter the "34" it shows no results.

Does it work for longer numbers? By default mysql won't index words less than 3 characters or so (check the doc) there are also stopwords etc...

Fred

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On 29 Dec 2007, at 19:11, Mark Toth wrote:

About 2:

Brute force method? - What do you mean by this?

ar = @string.split(' ')
ar[1] = "<b>#{ar[1]}</b>"
ar[3] = "<b>#{ar[3]}</b>"
@string = ar.join(' ')

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Thanks, but one problem. I don´t now which word to replace. I mean in
practicly I want to search for some words and then replace them with
bold words.

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