XHTML Compliance - Microsoft word apostrophe

Posted on 2006-04-03
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Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Hi I have a news page updated by a control panel which users just often copy and paste news items from a Microsoft Word document.  I want the output page to be html compliant and have a replace function on the page for the & symbol and a few others.  I cannot find one for the curly apostrophe that comes from the Word Document.

server.htmlencode will not work as i want to be able to include html links in the item.

Question by:harris9999
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kevp75 earned 2000 total points
ID: 16367164
I use the function below to get all HTML tags out of a textarea (or any other form field actually)

Function rmvHTML(strString)
     Dim nCharPos, sOut, bInTag, sChar
     sOut = ""
     bInTag = False
     For nCharPos = 1 To Len(strString)
          sChar = Mid(strString, nCharPos, 1)
          if sChar = "<" Then
               bInTag = True
          end if
          if not bInTag Then sOut = sOut & sChar
          if sChar = ">" then
               bInTag = False
          End if
     rmvHTML = sOut
End Function

you could also do something similar to this:
<script language="JavaScript">
function Del(Word) {
a = Word.indexOf("<");
b = Word.indexOf(">");
len = Word.length;
c = Word.substring(0, a);
if(b == -1)
b = a;
d = Word.substring((b + 1), len);
Word = c + d;
tagCheck = Word.indexOf("<");
if(tagCheck != -1)
Word = Del(Word);
return Word;
function Check() {
ToCheck = document.form.text.value;
Checked = Del(ToCheck);
document.form.text.value = Checked;
alert("This form is not set to submit anywhere so you will stay here.  But please notice that the text box's contents have been \"filtered\".");
return false;
// -->
<center><h1>Removing HTML</h1></center>
<p>This script is intended to ensure that people do not use HTML tags in form messages, Web forums, and so on. Type some text with HTML tags in the box below to try it out.</p>
<form name=form onSubmit="return Check()">
<textarea cols="50" rows="6" name="text"></textarea>
<input type="submit" value="Submit Entry">

Author Comment

ID: 16369554

I want to be able to include the html tag in the text area, so that a link could be added if required.  Thats why i can't use, server.htmlencode.  
I just noticed a typo in my initial message.  i want the output to be xhtml compliant.  
In the page where it is output i replace the & symbol etc

                  strText = replace(rs.fields("Details"),"&#8217;","'")
                  strText = replace(strText,"&","&amp;")
                  strText = replace(strText,"&#8217;","'")
                  strText = replace(strText,"&rsquo;","'")
                  strText = replace(strText,"‘","'")
                  strText = replace(strText,"&rsquo;","'")

i have tried to replace the various aprostophe's but i can't get one to replace the apostrophe which is pasted from a word document, and it is this one which breaks the xhtml compliance.

Author Comment

ID: 16371663
strText = replace(strText, Chr(146),"'")

This fixed the problem

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