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Hey everyone, this is my dilemma. I have a form (PHP/MySQL) and have people inputting text that they usually copy preformatted with bolds, spaces, new paragraphs and things like that and then paste it into my multi-line form box that will output to a MySQL database.

I was wondering if there is anyway to auto-format these so that they go in formatted as the user has put them in already so they dont have to re-do things?

Here is the actual code for the box.

<form action="insert.php" method="post">
<table width="700" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<tr bgcolor="#CCCCCC">
<td>Job Details (description):</td>
<td><textarea name="details" cols="60" rows="30">Enter job description here.</textarea></td>
<div align="center">
<input type="Submit">

The code for the above mentioned "insert.php" is here:


@mysql_select_db($database) or die( "Unable to select database");

$query = "INSERT INTO joborder VALUES ('','$title','$number','$description','$category', '$salary','$addcomp','$position','$location','$det ails')";

$result = mysql_query($query);

echo "Success!<p/><div align=\"center\">To return to the upload form please click <a href=\"<A href="http://andiamo.andiamopartners.com/form.php\">Here</a></div">xx.com\">Here</a></div>
</p><div align=\"center\">To see results please click <a href=\"xx.com<A href="http://andiamo.andiamopartners.com/output.php\">Here</a></div">\">Here</a></div>";
echo "There was an error!<p/>" . mysql_error();

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Spaces and new lines will stick as long as you use nl2br() when you do the output. Bolds are another matter altogether and it'll require them to use some kind of tags to get the desired result. You may want to look into something like fckeditor (do a search on the web).

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