Apparently, the experienced way is to store them with slashes, which is what
I've followed for years. I consider years of programming to be a fair amount
of experience, thus qualifying me to be experienced. ANYHOW, after finally
thinking a bit outside the box and with some valuable input from some
co-workers, we came up with this function which is a much more efficient
solution in this matter than the "experienced" way you proposed. 

My purpose in even posting this function was so that other people could
avoid having to go through the same problems I faced when using the "proper"
and apparently "experienced" method that I only used because I listened to
programmers like you (mind you, I said LIKE you, not YOU) who believe in
standard procedure in all cases without considering more efficient options. 

- Jonathan

-----Original Message-----
From: Bogdan Stancescu [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 3:11 PM
To: Jonathan Hilgeman
Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] Fixed Quote Marks in Inputs

Ok, as I said before, you can store whatever you please in your database.
However, please don't "speak as an experienced web programmer" when not
than three hours ago you finally found a solution to store quoted text in a


Jonathan Hilgeman wrote:

> I realize that part - my whole point was that it didn't really matter how
> was stored as long as it gets extracted/parsed correctly. With that in
> instead of using 3 functions to store, extract, and parse the data, I can
> use one function to prepare the data to be stored in a format that can be
> extracted directly into an form-friendly format.
> Not to mention that HTML entities are still ASCII characters, and I do not
> foresee any problems with using the HTML entities in place of quote marks.
> To me, it makes the most sense. Quote marks are generally special
> used everywhere, and storing them as quote marks instead of the entities
> seems to be asking for trouble, in my opinion. I've stored values using
> slashes for the past few years, and that method has given so many
> problems... Speaking as an experienced web programmer, I believe this is a
> much more practical method for a lot of us.

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