Handeling <LI> from the database

Hello Expert,
I am getting the body of a story from the database and it looks like this

This is a great story
<li> Testing this story</li>
<li> Testing Two</li>
<li> Testing three </li>

I would like to change everything that is in the <li>Testing this story </li> to dipsplay in my text are as
This is a great story
• Testing this story
• Testing Two
• Testing three
Is there anyway to do this?
Thanks
jvoros1Asked:
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Nick_72Commented:
I don't know how to display that 'dot' in a textarea, but if you can think of showing an asterisk or some other character instead, you could always use the replaceAll() method:

String newBody = Body.replaceAll("<li>", "* ");
newBody = newBody.replaceAll("</li>", "");

/Nick

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Nick_72Commented:
I'm not sure I understand...you have this text in a variable, and if you print out that variable in your html, you don't get it formatted?
Can you show how your code looks now?
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jvoros1Author Commented:
I hope this helps and in the body this is what is stored
This is a great story
<li> Testing this story</li>
<li> Testing Two</li>
<li> Testing three </li>
and i want it to look like
This is a great story
• Testing this story
• Testing Two
• Testing three
Object[] search_results = (Object[])request.getAttribute("search_results");
                  
                  for (int x = 0; x < search_results.length; x++)                            
                  {              
                        HashMap search_result = (HashMap)search_results[x];
                        
                                 String EventID = (String) search_result.get("EventID");
                              String Body =  (String) search_result.get("Body");
                              String Title = URLEncoder.encode(tmpTitle);
                                                 }
<table>
  <tr>
    <td> <textarea rows="19" name="Body" cols="54"><%=Body%></textarea></td>
  </tr>
</table>
Thanks
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searlasCommented:
A textarea cannot display rendered HTML.  No doubt someone will point you at a few options out there that look like they do, but basically they hide the textarea and use iframes and massive amounts of javascript instead.  for instance:

http://www.interactivetools.com/products/htmlarea/
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Nick_72Commented:
oh...textarea...I missed that part :)

well, I'm not sure if that is possible. I know another thing that is possible though and could be equally as good, or better. That depends on if the user should be able to edit that text or not. With this example, he/she is not able to do that, but if it's only for presentation - that would suite just fine.

Check this example. It makes a 'fake' textarea which looks as an original, but which allows you to use ordinary html in it:

<HTML>
<head>
<STYLE>
.textAREA {border:3px ridge #dddddd;height:200;width:300;overflow-y:scroll;
border-right:3px double #bbbbbb; border-bottom:3px double #bbbbbb;}

.hiliteON {color:white;background-color:navy;font-family:arial;font-size:10pt}
.hiliteOFF {color:black;background-color:white;font-family:arial;font-size:10pt}
</STYLE>

</HEAD>
<BODY>
<div class="textAREA" style="position:absolute;left:165;top:115">
<li>test 1</li>
<li>test 2</li>
</div>
</BODY>
</HTML>

Hope it helps,

/Nick
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searlasCommented:
So... to get your 'body' displayed as you want, you shouldn't use a text area at all:
<table>
  <tr>
    <td> <textarea rows="19" name="Body" cols="54"><%=Body%></textarea></td>
  </tr>
</table>

becomes:
<%=Body%>
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KuldeepchaturvediCommented:
try


<td> <textarea rows="19" name="Body" DATAFORMATS="html" cols="54"><%=Body%></textarea></td>
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KuldeepchaturvediCommented:
ooops

it should be

<td> <textarea rows="19" name="Body" DATAFORMATAS="html" cols="54"><%=Body%></textarea></td>


http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/properties/dataformatas_1.asp
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jvoros1Author Commented:
The user has to be able to edit the text cause this is an update to what they added. SO i am not sure if it will work cause i have more then just that one row i have many rows in my table. And this page is an include in another page? Do you know maybe how i could use a hashcode to do this or a stringtokenizer is that possible some how?
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KuldeepchaturvediCommented:
If all you want to do is to strip off the <LI> and </LI> tag than you can use string tokenizer to separate them..
Hashtable ht=new Hashtable();
int count =0;
StringTokenizer st  = new StringTokenizer(body,"<li>");
while(st.hasMoreElements())
{
String token = st.nextToken();
token = token.subString(0,token.indexOf("</li>");
//put this token where ever you want to..
hastable.put(count,token);
count++;
}

Here I am assuming that all the li tags are in small case....
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jvoros1Author Commented:
I tried <td> <textarea rows="19" name="Body" DATAFORMATAS="html" cols="54"><%=Body%></textarea></td> too and it still comes up as
<li>       One</li>
 <li>       Two </li>
 <li>       three</li>
:(

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Nick_72Commented:
:)

actually, if you want a new line after every </li> you might want do like this instead:

newBody = newBody.replaceAll("</li>", "\n");

/Nick
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