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How to preserve input formatting  of text which is saved to db ?

Posted on 2001-06-21
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How can you preserve input formatting  of text which is submitted through an input box which spans several lines. By formatting, I mean break lines, tab , blank line etc... especially, if this input is saved to a database and then later retrived for viewing. Too many times, you submit a text which is nicely formatted, but when you view it again, it has lost all of its formatting and has become a single paragraph text which is incomprehensible.
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s/&/&/g;
s/"/"/g;
s/\t/ &nbp;  /g;
s/</&lt;/g;
s/>/&gt;/g;
s/\n/<br>/g;
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$whatever =~ s/\n/<br>/g;
$whatever =~ s/</&lt;/g;
$whatever =~ s/>/&rt;/g;
$whatever =~ s/"/&quot;/g;

$whatever is the name of variable which contains the contents of the input box.

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by:Moondancer
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Please update/finalize this.
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Comment from expert accepted as answer.

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