How do you guys handle this "problem".
Just a form with a textarea. When I use enters in the textarea it's saved to
the db like this:
when I edit the value in the form:
when I output the value to html:
"first linesecond line" (unless I use nl2br())
Is there a way that I could save it to the db that will work for db, output
and edit without using any other function like nl2br?
I run all text area through a filter that removes the carriage return [
preg_replace('/\r/','',$input) ] and save it in the database with any
When calling data from the database, I can then use newline as a
delimiter for explode generate an array where each element of the array
is a distinct line of text - and then do whatever I want with the lines.
Effectively what I usually do is the same thing as nl2br - but since I
do everything in DOMDocument I have to do it myself (create text nodes
for each array element and create break nodes between them).
If I'm going to a pre field or back to a text area (IE to edit the data)
then I don't have to do anything.
I do NOT recommend running nl2br before it goes into the database - as
that means you may have to convert the breaks when re-using the data
elsewhere, and the proper way to make a break depends upon the output
type (IE <br> for html or <br /> for xhtml, etc.) - so keep the newline
character in the database and convert to what you need when you call the
data from the database.
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