A McGraw Hill Book Plug-in PHP: 100 Power Solutions
By Robin Nixon (McGraw Hill 2010, ISBN 978-0071666596)

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Chapter 8: Plug-in 59 - Replace Smileys

In the early days of bulletin boards emoticons were invented as a means of expressing emotions not quickly conveyable in brief messages. These included the familiar :) and :( happy and unhappy faces, as well as dozens more. Nowadays you still see them but they are more often replaced with icons such as smileys. In fact many email programs and other applications such as Microsoft Word will substitute emoticons for smileys automatically for you. And that's exactly the functionality that this plug-in offers.

The Figure shows the set of 20 smileys provided by this plug-in.