Embedding Smilies

I’d like to know how to embed an smiles in a message. Just like in this forum, I’ll just type


and it will appear as :). Please give me an idea about this. Thank you so much.

use some string replacement functionality (regex or otherwise) for this, to replace for example



<img src="/smileys/smile.gif" alt="Smile" />

One more hint, sort the smileys in order of the length of the characters to be typed before starting replacement, since some smileys contain a section of another smiley.

For example if I have a smiley like


which is supposed to be an angel or something, but I start with replacing


with the image, I will get

o<img src="/smileys/smile.gif" alt="Smile" />

The o remains, the smiley is not correctly replaced because a “subset” of the smiley was replaced before looking for the complete smiley.

Sorting by length is key here :slight_smile: