Swap < br > with \n based on where PHP is ran

This may  not be the proper place to ask this, but in PHP is there a way to swap from < br > to \n depending on where you are running the script?  I'd like the < br > to look correctly formatted if running the script on a webpage, but then I want the \n to look correctly when running it in a command prompt.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
There is a PHP function called 'nl2br' that will convert newlines '\n' to '<br>'.  http://php.net/manual/en/function.nl2br.php
wcc_wtaylorAuthor Commented:
I tried that, but it just adds a <br> to the \n so on the command line you still have both.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You have to write code to decide when to use it.  There is nothing automatic in PHP that will know how it is being run and make that change for you.
wcc_wtaylorAuthor Commented:
Thanks, didn't know if you could program something to see if you were using the command line or if using a webpage.  CSS can recognize the browser size to make changes, so didn't know if PHP could do something similar.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You might be able to write code that does it but there is nothing built into PHP that will do it for you.

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