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Outputting html code to a <textarea> tag

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I was thinking of using a <textarea> tag to do this:

e.g.

<textarea><b>example sentence blah blah blah</b><br><hr></textarea>

But i found doing this doesn't translate any of the html tags in between the <textarea></textarea>, and just treats them as normal text.  Is there anyway of getting round this or has anyone got any alternate ideas?

Basically it's for an online diary replies section, where replies are read from the database and fed into this textarea.
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by:AmericanDogma
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Try using

<textarea><pre>      - Values Here -      </pre></textarea>

values Here would be where all the html you wnat to display in the textbox goes
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dorward earned 200 total points
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Textareas are designed to allow users to input data.

It sounds more like you are trying to use it as a scrollable display area.

Try something like:

<div style="width: 25em; height: 5em; border: black 0.5ex inset; overflow: auto">

Your content

</div>
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by:third
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by:bizla
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Cheers Dorward...works like a charm!

-BIZ-
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