Replace a carriage return in TEXTAREA with chr(13)?

Posted on 2003-03-23
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I am making a Web site for a group within my local church, and the leader is fairly computer-ILliterate.  But, he wants a page where he can add content by filling out a form.  I have created a form for him where he can type some text in a TEXTAREA form, PLUS add formatting by clicking button images next to the box.  He clicks a button (for example, the "B" Icon for Bold/UnBold), and the corresponding mark-up is added to the end of the textbox so he can keep typing.  Here's my problem:

When he presses "Return" on his keyboard to make a carriage return, it appears in the text box, but does not transform to whitespace after it is filled out.  In other words, his words before and after the carriage return are stuck together - right next to each other.  Is there a way in ASP or JavaScript to detect the "Enter" key and insert a <br> tag there instead?  Or at least, when he submits it, have a code that replaces all carriage returns with <BR> tags?  Please reply m_r_productions@hotmail.com
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zombeen earned 200 total points
ID: 8193083
i 've not checked the constants, but u can try this
strText = Replace(Replace(request.form("textarea"), vbCrLf, "<br>"),chr(10), " ")

strText =replace(strText,chr(13),"<br/>")

You might hav to check the values for the desired result... but this is the basic concept to do this

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Or at least, when he submits it, have a code that replaces all carriage returns with <BR> tags?

You can use the replace function...

tmptextarea = Replace(request.form("textarea"), "<br>", "vbcrlf")

Below is related link regarding replace method...



HAppy programming...

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Hey zombeen you hit the nail right on the head.  Good answer, I tried it and it worked very well.  Thank you for the quick response, too.

gladxml had a valid answer, too, except I wasn't replacing the <br> tag with chr(13).  But the answer in itself is still very useful information.  Thanks for responding, gladxml
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Glad to be of help...


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