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it's been a long time since I've coded in php and I've lost a bit.

I want to write a website with php and I want to use data from either mysql, csv files or excel file and I want to know how to call the data.

Here is a bit of my code


<a href="#boatsLightbox{{call first line of data files}}" class="myButton inline">
                  More info...

{{{text from line 1 cell 1 of data files}}
<span>{{{text from line 1 cell two of data files}}</span>

I want to do the same the each line (I will have 5 lines). Manually call the each line and data from each line when I call it.

Thank you

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I must be a little rusty as well since I don't know what the href is pointing to.  Nor what the contents of the 'more info...' block embedded in that anchor tag.  Nor why the multiple braces are meant to do.   Certainly a different method of coding that I haven' run across yet.

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The content <span>History</span> {{{text from line 1 cell 1 of data files}} <span>{{{text from line 1 cell two of data files}}</span> is hidden. The a href is open it from a lightbox (https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_lightbox.asp).

But I need to set the data for this <span>History</span> {{{text from line 1 cell 1 of data files}} <span>{{{text from line 1 cell two of data files}}</span> from a data file. So when the lightbox is oppening it it will depend of the line of the data file.

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Problem is, you're talking about very different ways of getting the data. In the grand scheme of things the problem is as easy as ginerjm says - you get the data and output it while building the response. However, if you're using a CSV you'll need to research fopen() and fgetcsv(). If you're using a JSON string it'll be fopen() and decode_json(). If it's a database, research PDO and MySQL. And if it's an Excel file, that's a whole other can of worms that's going to entail third-party libraries.

Each potential path has it's own ups and downs; you'll need to decide how you want to store and retrieve the data. Outputting said data is easy - in every case it's a simple echo statement.

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Ok, let say from a mysql database.

From database:

History text will be instead of "abcdefg"

    <div class="accordion-title"><span>History</span></div>
    <div class="accordion-content">abcdefg</div> 

Description text will be instead of "hijklm"

    <div class="accordion-title"><span>Description</span></div>
    <div class="accordion-content">hijklm</div> 

And so on.


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If you take the MySQL route then use PDO to interfaace with DB. Create a connection file which can be included in your scripts.

Mine is

#                                    db_connect.php                                        |
const HOST     = 'localhost';                                                            
const USERNAME = '????';                                                                 
const PASSWORD = '????';                                                                 
const DATABASE = '????';               // default db                                     
function pdoConnect($dbname=DATABASE)                                                    
    $db = new PDO("mysql:host=".HOST.";dbname=$dbname;charset=utf8",USERNAME,PASSWORD);  
    $db->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_ERRMODE, PDO::ERRMODE_EXCEPTION);                        
    $db->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_DEFAULT_FETCH_MODE, PDO::FETCH_ASSOC);                   
    $db->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_EMULATE_PREPARES, false);                                
    return $db;                                                                          

Then the code you need will look similar to this

require 'db_connect.php';
$pdo = pdoConnect();

$res = $pdo->query("SELECT history
                         , description
                    FROM boats     

$output = '';                  
foreach ($res as $row) {
    $output .= "<span>History</span><br>
    <?= $output ?>


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OK, so places to start researching in order to understand Barand's reply:

Full disclosure, I've not read the final link fully but from what I've scanned it looks decent. Your data structure looks simple enough right now, just know that as it grows the need for normalization will grow.

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