Inserting carriage returns in xml text

I'm using PHP to query an MySql database and produce an xml file for another site.
I'm concating 3 of the database fields into one xml tag but want to add a carriage return between them. What should I be using?

$xmltext = $field1. "carriage return here".$field2. "carriage return here".$field3;

$xmltext = htmlspecialchars($xmltext);
$xmltext = addslashes($xmltext);

$_xml .="<Description>".urlencode($xmltext)."</Description>\r";
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fionafentonConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Sorry - my code is now like this (remove the first 3 lines of code above)

$_xml .="<Description>".urlencode(addslashes(htmlspecialchars($field1)))."%0A".urlencode(addslashes(htmlspecialchars($field2)))."%0A".urlencode(addslashes(htmlspecialchars($field3)))."%0A"."</Description>\r";
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Rik-LeggerCommented:
You want to know how to add an seperator with mysql?
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/string-functions.html#function_concat-ws
mysql> SELECT CONCAT_WS(',','First name','Second name','Last Name');
        -> 'First name,Second name,Last Name'

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Or do you need some advice on what sign to use as seperator?
In that case i would just use something then never will be used in the field texts.
My suggestion is just a semicolon (;) but i'm not aware of your data.
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fionafentonAuthor Commented:
No, I want to know what to use for a carriage return so that it displays correctly when inserted into an xml tag.
I've tried <br>, &#xA;,&#xD; and &#13;&#10;  but they display exactly as written when displayed on the final web page.
i.e.
text from field 1.&#13;&#10; text from field 2.&#13;&#10; text from field3.

Rather than
text from field 1.
text from field 2.
text from field 3.
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Rik-LeggerCommented:
Than stop using this:
$xmltext = htmlspecialchars($xmltext);
$xmltext = addslashes($xmltext);

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And start using htmlentities() and html_entity_decode
http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.htmlentities.php
http://php.net/manual/en/function.html-entity-decode.php
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fionafentonAuthor Commented:
I have no control over what happens to the data at the other end, so html-entity-decode is irrelevant.
If I use <br> as the carriage turn it shouldn't make any difference whether I use htmlspecialchars or htemlentities. However, when I use <br> it is displayed as that in the browser.
I'm sure it's to do with the way the other website (which I'm feeding into) handles the data. I think I need a non html way of inserting a carriage return. I have also tried /n and /r but these don't work either.
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Rik-LeggerCommented:
If you don't have control over the other website and the other website does not 'decode' your encoded data than this is impossible.
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fionafentonAuthor Commented:
I found the solution myself through trial and error.
I needed to use %0a and not urlencode it.

My code is now like this

$xmltext = $field1. "carriage return here".$field2. "carriage return here".$field3;

$xmltext = htmlspecialchars($xmltext);
$xmltext = addslashes($xmltext);

$_xml .="<Description>".urlencode(addslashes(htmlspecialchars($field1)))."%0A".urlencode(addslashes(htmlspecialchars($field2)))."%0A".urlencode(addslashes(htmlspecialchars($field3)))."%0A"."</Description>\r";
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fionafentonAuthor Commented:
Found solution myself
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