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textarea in php

Hi
i have a textarea in html to let people create text or memo..
i declared in mysql as varchar(255)..
to put the info into textarea is fine when i add a record..
but when i view it it comes all in one big line not as paragraph
how i can make my text looks as paragraph like textarea
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asaidi
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asaidi
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hernst42Commented:
use nl2br function for output http://www.php.net/nl2br
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ayus80Commented:
use this code
<?
echo nl2br($textmemo);
?>

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asimzeeshanCommented:
First of all varchar(255) is not a good idea. It will restrict your ability to add more content. Try changing it to TEXT which can hold much larger amount of data.

Use PHP's nl2br() function to convert new line characters to <BR> tags. This will preserve the hard returns entered in the text area.


suppose form's textarea name is "my_text" so try doing this

$my_text = nl2br($_POST['my_text']);

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psychic_zeroCommented:
You can use htmlspecialchars and nl2br function in PHP.
* htmlspecialchars is to convert special characters to HTML entities
* nl2br is to inserts HTML line breaks before all newlines in a string

This is the sample of getting the text area field:

$memo = nl2br(htmlspecialchars($_POST["txtmemo"]));

It will convert the input string inside the text area to HTML coded string so that the text will look like
paragraph.
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RoonaanCommented:
@asimzeeshan;

nl2br is an output function, so should not be applied on $_POST['my_text']  befor entering the text in the database.

In addition to hernst42's code, I would add htmlspecialchars as well:

<?php echo nl2br(htmlspecialchars($textmemo));?>
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asaidiAuthor Commented:
Hi
i changed my field from varchar to text..
and i added in my form
$lessons = nl2br(htmlspecialchars($_POST['lessons']));
but there i sno <br> the line is not <br> automatically i must return to get into the new line
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ayus80Commented:
asaidi,
for sent value using $_POST['lesson'], you no need to use nl2br.

Use nl2br when you call data from data...

example:
<? echo nl2br($row['dblesson']); ?>

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