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i'm trying to export records from a mysql db using php.  i can export them into word fine, but i'd like a page break between each record.
i've tried using css page-break-after: always, which works when printing from a web page, but not when it's exported to a word doc.
is this possible?
i'm on a linux server with apache, mysql ,and php.
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Question by:DarthScott26
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by:stonefeet
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Best solution I know of is replacing your <br> tags with the new-line character ('\n') omitting the quote-marks, of course. (:
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by:DarthScott26
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i want a page break, not a line break.  i don't have any <br> tags.  basically there's a part of my website where users can type messages to loved ones and then a site administrator will print them out and mail them.  these letters can be multiple pages, but at the end of each letter, it needs to have a page break and start the next letter on the next page.
i need it to print with letterhead which is why i'm trying to get it to print from word rather than just printing from the browser with page-break-after:always statements.

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kmcorbett2 earned 1000 total points
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The control character for "form feed" is ^L (control-L) or code 12. Form feed is sometimes denoted by the control sequence '\f' in program string literals.

Try emitting ^L directly in your HTML output. I don't think you can use a character entity or control sequence.

You don't provide any details on how you are exporting to Word format. If  you were generating RTF, you would probably be using the corresponding formatting sequences. So I'm assuming you are generating HTML and relying on Word's import functionality.

In my testing, opening an HTML file directly in Word, it behaves somewhat inconsistently with regard to converting formatting control characters. Literal control characters for tab, newline, and form feed all "work", and "&#014" generates a newline, but "&#09" and "&#012" have no effect.

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by:kmcorbett2
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DarthScott26: have you had a chance to try my suggestion? (^L or ASCII code 12)

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