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strspn — Finds the length of the initial substring containing only characters from mask .


int strspn(string, mask);
string string: String to search
string mask: Characters to find


Number of characters found


strspn() returns the length of the substring at the start of string that contains only characters from mask . Given string abcdefand mask abc, for example, the function returns3.


PHP 3.0.3+, PHP 4+

See also

To return the number of characters present in a string before any of a set of specified characters is found:



Example 1232. Display names that start with vowels

$list = array("Andrew", "Brigitte", "Chris", "Deb");
foreach($list as $name) {
   if (strspn($name, 'aeiouyAEIOUY')) {
      echo $name, "\n";


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