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PHP Code to Fetch Variables from MySQL & Retain Formatting

Hello,

I am trying to build a website that will allow a search to be conducted of various comments that were made. It will be for internal use only. I am using PHP. It will search by name and then return the comments the user made.

I need it to retain the exact formatting as entered. Inside the MySQL database there are line breaks, etc.

I am writing the PHP to output it to screen. It destroys all of the formatting, however, and just concatenates it all into a large lump. I must have the formatting retained. It is fine in the MySQL database so getting it on screen shouldn't be too hard.

My code looks like:

while ($row= mysql_fetch_array($result))
{      
echo "<p><b>Comments:</b><br>" .$row['Quarter3Eval']. "</b></p>";
}


If the comment initially were:

This is line A.
This is line B.
This is line C.

It smashes it together and outputs: "This is line A. This is line B. This is line C."

How can I get the output to the screen without that loss of format?

Thank you,
Joseph Irvine
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
please try this:
while ($row= mysql_fetch_array($result)) 
{      
  echo "<b>Comments:</b><br>" . str_replace($row['Quarter3Eval'], "\n", "<br/>\n") . "</b>";
}

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jkeagle13Author Commented:
Hello,

It is not throwing an error, however, nor is it displaying anything. Now it just shows up blank under comments.

Is there some additional line of code needed?

Thanks,
Joseph
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
sorry, my fault, I put the arguments in the wrong order...

  echo "<b>Comments:</b><br>" . str_replace("\n", "<br/>\n", $row['Quarter3Eval']) . "</b>";

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jkeagle13Author Commented:
Hello!

Thanks! You are definitely a lifesaver! I had spent almost an hour looking for how to do that online. I am a PHP newbie who, unfortunately, had a major project due that required extensive PHP.

I do appreciate your help last-minute!

Thanks!
Joseph
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