How I can handle this shortcode:

I can't understand how to write a function, to handle image files name.

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Are you going to put newlines in there between each image? or just spaces? I'll put in both for this example, checking if there's a newline.

You would want something like this in your functions.php:

add_shortcode('my_gallery', 'gallery_function');
function gallery_function($atts, $code=''){
   $files=preg_split( '/\s+/', $code ); // Added in from Jan's comment.

   foreach($files as $img){
          continue; // ensures that no empty items from the split have entered in, since that is possible with the preg_split
      //handle each filename in here.

It's not perfect.. if you use both spaces and newlines in your shortcode, it'll mess things up - though that could be dealt with in more detail inside the function.

Hope this helps.

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    With a regular expression you can split on either a newline or a space character. preg_split( '/[\n ]+/', $code ), or even just preg_split( '/\s+/', $code ) to split on any whitespace character.
    – Jan Fabry
    May 26, 2011 at 15:42
  • Thanks for that Jan, i'm not all that confident in my regex skills, so I opted not to go that route for fear of giving a faulty example. But yeah that would be the preferred route is to add in regex to cover different ways of doing it.
    – Mike
    May 26, 2011 at 16:08
  • Updated to include the preg_split with whitespace, then put in a check to ensure there was actually a potential file name in the loop.
    – Mike
    May 26, 2011 at 16:17
  • @Mike: If you use the preg_split() you don't need to detect the marker either.
    – Jan Fabry
    May 26, 2011 at 16:19
  • @Jan: Ah! Thanks :) I completely forgot about that, updated.
    – Mike
    May 26, 2011 at 16:39

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