Is this the correct way...

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    Is this the correct way...

    to get a user array of string input?

    Code:
    printf("Title: ");
    scanf("%[^\n]", title);
    while(fgetc(stdin)!='\n');
    if no, can you advise what are the ways to get an array of string, eg. "C rulez big time" coz I've been getting funny result with the method above.

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    Nope, using scanf for string input is unsafe, when you manage to do it safely it's just an ugly kludge. Try this instead:
    Code:
    printf("Title: ");
    fflush(stdout);
    if (fgets(title, sizeof title, stdin) != NULL) {
            /* Use title */
    } else {
            /* fgets failed */
    }
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