Formatting £ signs

Hi

I've just converted a database from Access to MySQL.  

I have a field in the database which includes characters such as £, but when they are displayed on the web page they come out as ᆪ.  The data type for the field in MySQL is 'text'.

Is the data type correct or should I convert special characters within coldfusion?

Thanks in advance.
nelliottAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

kjuliffCommented:
£ is the character code for pound sterling. I would sore as such and it should display properly. Astually I wouldn't store it but I'd output £ whenever the relevant text was found.
0
hartCommented:
just replace in the front end while displaying, the datatype is proper

Regards
Hart
0
anandkpCommented:
Hi

When inserting teh values in the DB - use a HTMLEditFormat() & get ur pound signs replaced with their HTML equivalent.

then u can insert this string in the DB & display them as it is on the browser - without ne-problems :)

take a look at this example !

heres the eg :

save this file as x.cfm & just run it ... & then type whatever u want in the textarea with HTML & CF TAGS / Special characters etc !

<CFparam DEFAULT="" NAME="x">

<form name"frm" ACTION="x.cfm" METHOD="post">
   <textarea name="x" ROWS="10" COLS="50">type in ur text here with html & cf tags</TEXTAREA>
   <INPUT TYPE="submit">
</FORM>

<CFOUTPUT>    
   <P>#HTMLCodeFormat(x)#</p>  
</CFOUTPUT>

It shld replace teh pound sign with its HTML equivalent as well !

let me know ...

K'Rgds
Anand
0
Cloud Class® Course: Certified Penetration Testing

This CPTE Certified Penetration Testing Engineer course covers everything you need to know about becoming a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer. Career Path: Professional roles include Ethical Hackers, Security Consultants, System Administrators, and Chief Security Officers.

nelliottAuthor Commented:
I'm trying to display a Bulletin Board, so when a Joe Bloggs enters an item in 'for sale', for example, I wouldn't expect them to know CF or HTML tags.

If it happens for the £ sign, then how can I be sure that it's going to happen for other punctuation marks as well?  Surely there must be a standard solution other than getting Coldfusion to check for each piece of punctuation and then give it an alternative to replace it with (or am I presuming too much!)?

At present the text is shown as so, so that user's don't have to enter <p></p> or <br> tags when entering text into a textarea:

#Replace(bulletinBoard.CONTENT, chr(13) & chr(10), "<br>","ALL")#

I've increased the points as a quick solution is required...

Thanks in advance
0
anandkpCommented:
did u try the example i gave u

input all the punctuation marks u want & see the output u get [chk the source of the output in the browser & u'll know why i asked u to try the example]

read help on htmlcodeformat for more info thru CFDocs
0
nelliottAuthor Commented:
Changing htmlcodeformat has very strange side effects.

a) it doesn't seem to have any effect whatsoever on the punctuation marks,
b) it puts all of the text into a default font (rather than using the CLASS it's suppose to), and
c) it puts all of the text onto one long line, rather than wrapping the text into a table cell of width 400!

0
anandkpCommented:
htmlcodeformat actually escapes all special characters (> < " &) & repalce all carriage returns & encloses them inside <pre> tags - thats why u see those strange side effects.
but looks like its not doing it for the "pound sign" !

I guess during conversion from access to sql - its got replaced with junk ... else i have my SQL DB & i tried inputting them with pound signs - but it displays fine. it even handles "euro".


0
nelliottAuthor Commented:
It's bizarre, I'll admit!

I've checked most other punctuation and it seems fine with it.  It just seems to be having a bit of a wobbly with the pound sign.

I've gone in and changed the &#65443; symbol for pound signs in MySQL and yet it still comes back as &#65443;.  Very annoying!

As a quick fix, how do I change the following code to include a check for pound signs and ensure they are outputted as '£'  (i.e. not worry about any other punctuation for now)?

#Replace(bulletinBoard.CONTENT, chr(13) & chr(10), "<br>","ALL")#

Thanks in advance
0
anandkpCommented:
hi,

Use the following code for formatting the text entered in textarea !
ReplaceList(text,'<,>,#Chr(10)#,#Chr(13)#','&lt;,&gt; ,<BR>')


& abt replacing the pound sign - have a look at the following code !
<CFSET text = "anandkp &##65443;500">
<CFOUTPUT>#Replace(text,'##65443','pound')#</CFOUTPUT>

HTH

K'Rgds
Anand
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Web Servers

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.