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This is a simple plugin to cut a string of text at a specified character limit, then add a string to the end, like ellipses.

It will take an article title and trim it down to a specified character limit then add an ellipses. Possibly used for article navigation (prev/next) or an article list where you want to keep the titles short.

<sab_substr limit="10" trail="..."> content to take a substring of like <txp:title /></sab_substr>

will output

“long string…”


  • trail="yourText" – The string you want appended to the result. It will NOT be appended UNLESS the content was trimmed. Defaults to ….
  • limit="yourNumber" – The length of the string you want returned, minus the length of trail. Defaults to 10.
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24 Mar 2005
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24 Mar 2005

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Commented (3)

Hi there, great plugin…

but… is there a way to make it NOT trail the text in the middle of a piece of markup?

For example, I’ve had a couple problems where it cuts off in the middle of an image url, and really bones things.

Thanks in advance,


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