Displaying some text containing carriage returns

Posted on 2002-04-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I'm trying to display some text that I've retrieved from a database on a HTML form. The text contains several carriage returns but when I display it on the web page it just shows as a continuous stream of text - in other words, all the formatting is lost. I'm currently just writing the text in a table cell (i.e. a plain <td> .. </td>).

Can anyone suggest a solution ?

Question by:ggale
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ID: 6947601
You will need to do it with server side scripting to replace the carriage returns with <br />.  Browsers will treat carriage returns as white space, and will not respond to them.

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ID: 6947610
If it's ASP, you can do it like this:

Replace(rs("thefield"), vbCrLf, "<br>")

If in Perl...I have no idea...

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ID: 6947611
The only other thing that might work is to put the text between <pre> and </pre>  then the browser will keep the formatting in the generated code.

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ID: 6951065
Every server-side scripting language provides the appropriate functions to convert CR/LF to <br>.
In ASP, it's indeed

Replace(rs("thefield"), vbCrLf, "<br>")

In PHP it's


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ID: 6952797
Spot on ! - simple and quick.

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Sometimes old-fashioned simple tagging is all it takes.  Glad we could help.  Thanks for the A. :^)


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