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<h1>Smiley Helper</h1>

<p>The Smiley Helper file contains functions that let you manage smileys (emoticons).</p>


<h2>Loading this Helper</h2>

<p>This helper is loaded using the following code:</p>
<code>$this->load->helper('smiley');</code>

<h2>Overview</h2>

<p>The Smiley helper has a renderer that takes plain text simileys, like <dfn>:-)</dfn> and turns
them into a image representation, like <img src="../images/smile.gif" width="19" height="19" border="0" alt="smile!" /></p>

<p>It also lets you display a set of smiley images that when clicked will be inserted into a form field.
For example, if you have a blog that allows user commenting you can show the smileys next to the comment form.
Your users can click a desired smiley and with the help of some JavaScript it will be placed into the form field.</p>



<h2>Clickable Smileys Tutorial</h2>

<p>Here is an example demonstrating how you might create a set of clickable smileys next to a form field. This example
requires that you first download and install the smiley images, then create a controller and the View as described.</p>

<p class="important"><strong>Important:</strong> Before you begin, please <a href="http://codeigniter.com/download_files/smileys.zip">download the smiley images</a> and put them in
a publicly accessible place on your server.  This helper also assumes you have the smiley replacement array located at
<dfn>application/config/smileys.php</dfn></p>


<h3>The Controller</h3>

<p>In your <dfn>application/controllers/</dfn> folder, create a file called <kbd>smileys.php</kbd> and place the code below in it.</p>

<p><strong>Important:</strong> Change the URL in the <dfn>get_clickable_smileys()</dfn> function below so that it points to 
your <dfn>smiley</dfn> folder.</p>

<p>You'll notice that in addition to the smiley helper we are using the <a href="../libraries/table.html">Table Class</a>.</p>

<textarea class="textarea" style="width:100%" cols="50" rows="25">
&lt;?php

class Smileys extends Controller {

	function Smileys()
	{
		parent::Controller();
	}
	
	function index()
	{
		$this->load->helper('smiley');
		$this->load->library('table');
		
		$image_array = get_clickable_smileys('http://example.com/images/smileys/');

		$col_array = $this->table->make_columns($image_array, 8);		
			
		$data['smiley_table'] = $this->table->generate($col_array);
		
		$this->load->view('smiley_view', $data);
	}
	
}
?&gt;
</textarea>

<p>In your <dfn>application/views/</dfn> folder, create a file called <kbd>smiley_view.php</kbd> and place this code in it:</p>


<textarea class="textarea" style="width:100%" cols="50" rows="20">
&lt;html>
&lt;head>
&lt;title>Smileys&lt;/title>

&lt;?php echo js_insert_smiley('blog', 'comments'); ?>

&lt;/head>
&lt;body>

&lt;form name="blog">
&lt;textarea name="comments" cols="40" rows="4">&lt;/textarea>
&lt;/form>

&lt;p>Click to insert a smiley!&lt;/p>

&lt;?php echo $smiley_table; ?>

&lt;/body>
&lt;/html>
</textarea>


<p>When you have created the above controller and view, load it by visiting <dfn>http://www.your=site.com/index.php/smileys/</dfn></p>

<h1>Function Reference</h1>


<h2>get_clickable_smileys()</h2>

<p>Returns an array containing your smiley images wrapped in a clickable link.  You must supply the URL to your smiley folder
via the first parameter:</p>

<code>$image_array = get_clickable_smileys("http://example.com/images/smileys/");</code>


<h2>js_insert_smiley()</h2>

<p>Generates the JavaScript that allows the images to be clicked and inserted into a form field.
The first parameter must contain the name of your form, the second parameter must contain the name of the
form field. This function is designed to be placed into the &lt;head&gt; area of your web page.</p>

<code>&lt;?php echo js_insert_smiley('blog', 'comments'); ?&gt;</code>


<h2>parse_smileys()</h2>

<p>Takes a string of text as input and replaces any contained plain text smileys into the image
equivalent.  The first parameter must contain your string, the second must contain  the URL to your smiley folder:</p>

<code>

$str = 'Here are some simileys: :-)  ;-)';

$str = parse_smileys($str, "http://example.com/images/smileys/");

echo $str;
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