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Store HTML Code in database and retrieve it, escaping < as < ...

Hi everybody.
 
    I am saving the contents of a textarea in a database. this textarea contains HTML tags.
 
    I pass the data using the POST Method using the function encodeURIComponent(). It is stored normally as %-escaped characters, but when I get the data again from the database, tags like <strong>SOMETHING</strong> becomes &lt;strong&gt;SOMETHING&lt;/strong&gt;
 
    What can I do to show the data as it was typed?
 
Thanks,
 
Thiago.
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I am concerned but it is part of a small CMS, therefore only authorized and responsible people should have access to it. Thanks for the advice.
 
In fact I was decoding it at the server-side, with URLDecode, but it was rising lots of problems so you have lead me to the solution. Now I encode and decode at the client-side.
 
Thanks.