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How do I retrieve items from an array in random order?

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Hi. Can you help me please?
Is there any way to show a unique random item from an array, every time you refresh the page? In other words how do I show the items from an array in random order, one by one, by reloading the page?
Moreover the page have to be refreshed by pressing the "submit" button...

Thats what I achieved so far :) but it doesn't display the UNIQUE array item every time the page is reloaded...
as you may guess :)
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  1.  <html>
  2. <head><title></title></head>
  3. <body>
  4. <?php
  5. $testArray = array ("one","two","three","four","five");
  6. $number = rand(0,4);
  7. echo "$testArray[$number]";
  8. ?>
  9. <form method="post" action="test.php">
  10. <input type="submit" value="Submit">
  11. </form>
  12. </body>
  13. </html>

I'm a designer/ActionScript sort of a guy and know nothing about php,
so please don't laugh. :)
Any help is appreciated

Philip
May 10 '10 #1
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Dormilich
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P: 8,639
it works as expected (at least for me), although you have to bear in mind that one out of five doesn’t give you a good distribution. it scrambled a bit better when using a larger base:
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  1. $number = rand(0, 100) % 5;
May 10 '10 #2

Markus
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P: 6,050
array_rand() could maybe... possibly... work for you? ;)
May 10 '10 #3

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