Tab Character gets saved as a box character in SQL 2005

Posted on 2007-04-03
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I collectiong data on  an aspx page. I need to be able to detect and delete "tab" character. It gets saved in my sql 2005 database as a "box" character.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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how do you "see" that "box" character? if you see that in the query result in management studio, don't care. rather, get the results to a normal text editor, and you will see the tab will be displayed normally.

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ID: 18848834
I am writing data to a pdf file using componentOne dll. It gets confuse when it encounters the BOX character. I don't kow how to prevent it from being saved to the database. I think what the users are doing is copying a bullet list from MS Word and pasting it in the textbox.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
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you might want to replace the tab character  - char(9) - by a space:
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Do you know the ascii code for the first character of this bullet list?
•      Tst
•      test
this was done in ms word
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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select ascii('•')
returns for me:

but, that could be different for other bullets...

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Can you tell me how you found out the ascii code?
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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by running the sql query:
select ascii('•')

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