Entering HTML / XML tags in a Textarea tag

Posted on 2003-03-08
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Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I am trying create an HTML form to accept XML / XSLT, and I'm having trouble getting the XML tags that people enter in the Textarea. When I submit the form, all I get is the text between the tags. For example, if someone enters: <tag>blah</tag> in the textarea, I only get "blah" when I retrieve the value of the textarea element. I am using Mason (Perl/HTML).

Question by:tarunsachdeva
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Accepted Solution

mattjp88 earned 280 total points
ID: 8096322
function changetags() {
var text=document.frm1.text1.value;
var text1=text.split('<').join('&lt');
var text2=text1.split('>').join('&gt');
<form name=frm1>
<textarea NAME=text1></textarea><br>
<input TYPE="Button" VALUE=Submit onclick=changetags()>

matt :-)

Expert Comment

ID: 8097100
You might want to uncomment that last line of JavaScript in the changetags() function though, if you actually want the form to be submitted! ;-)

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Expert Comment

ID: 8097404
I guess it is being submitted ok, but when you display <tag>blah</tag> in a browser, it will only show "blah", because HTML-tags are not displayed in a browser. Just look at the "view source" in your browser, and you'll see that everything is there.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8097828
You better get the stings right in teh function:

var text1=text.split('<').join('&lt');
var text2=text1.split('>').join('&gt');

Should be:
var text1=text.split('<').join('&lt;');
var text2=text1.split('>').join('&gt;');

Unless you want it to display as:


Author Comment

ID: 8099747
Let me rephrase the question, because I'm not sure things are going to work with a Javascript based solution.

In my Mason file called "test.m", I have a form as such:

<form action=test.m method=post>
<textarea name="formdata" rows="10" cols="50"></textarea>

Later on in the file, in <%perl> blocks, I have:

my $xslt_form_result = $m->comp('form-handler.m', formdata => $form_data);

print $xslt_form_result;

Now, in my "form-handler.m", I try to access the formdata variable, which should have data that looks something like this (this is malformed XSLT, just written for this example):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" xmlns:fo="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Format">
<xsl:template match="/">
<!--Add XSL HERE-->
<p align="left"><font color="000000">
<xsl:for-each select="ProductInfo/Details">
<!--End of XSL-->

Now, the only thing I'm actually getting is the HTML tags, which are <p align="left">,<font>, and all that jazz. I'm not getting any of the <xsl:> tags when I try to access $formdata.

Thanks for any help.


Expert Comment

ID: 8099769
this isnt really HTML.  some of it is but most of it is Perl.  im no good with perl.  im out.


Author Comment

ID: 8099984
Actually, I found a way around things using your solution matt. Thanks.

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