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Old October 8th, 2004, 08:12 AM
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Default problem retrieving from database

I have put a form in my page which results saves to database.
In my form there is a TextArea field.
I am inserting and retriveing data from mysql database. No problem

But problem is that when I retrieve data from database I don't see the line breaks that I have given in the field.
For Example:
I typed the following text in the TextArea field

"A quick brown
fox jumps over
the lazy dog"

But I retrieve data I see "A quick brown fox jumpbs over the lazy dog" all in a line. There is no line break

What should I do now?

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Old October 8th, 2004, 12:23 PM
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When you echo the data from the database do this:

$from_the_database = nl2br($from_the_database);

echo $from_the_database;

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BTW: This happens because HTML does not interpret line breaks. The nl2br (new line to break) function inserts XHTML line breaks (<br/>) where ever newline characters (\n) occur in the string.

Besides server-side technologies like PHP, there are a few client-side options as well.

echo "<pre>\n".
     $variable.
     "</pre>\n";

Then add a stylesheet rule for browsers that don't support the <pre> element, though I can't remember ATM which browsers don't support it.

pre {
    display: block;
    white-space: pre;
}

The preceding CSS rule preserves both the whitespace and the line breaks.

HTH!

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