Sorry, I had sent this first to my FileMaker list, but then realized it
was probably more html/php related than database related.  FMP is for
FileMaker Pro.

Can you give me an example of your suggestion?  I am still quite new at
php and learn much better by example.

Thanks Evert!


-----Original Message-----
From: Evert Lammerts [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 8:21 AM
To: VanBuskirk, Patricia
Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] Formatting in Text Area

VanBuskirk, Patricia wrote:
> I have a "customer description" text area field on my form which feeds
through php to FMP,
What's FMP? Is that what links this email to the db-list?
>  and spits out a confirmation page and email.  The issue I am having
is this ... as the customer types, the text wraps.  Many put their own
hard returns and spaces in to organize their description.  It seems I
can't get it to do both the wrap and show the actual formatting entered.
If I format the field as physical wrap, the lines run off the page on
the confirmation/printout.  If I format it as virtual, then the hard
returns, etc get lost.  I have also tried using <PRE> on the
confirmation page and email and that doesn't work either.
Line wrapping in a text area is a property of the text area, not of the 
text, as opposite to line breaks and hard returns. This is why you won't

find line break characters at the place the text used to wrap in the 
text area.

What you can do of course is to add a div (or whatever container you 
feel like) of the same width / height as the text area to the 
confirmation page and replace \l\r with br 's.

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