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Not sure if i'm doing this wrong or if i'm just using the wrong function. I have a very simple guestbook setup for our wedding site. It accepts plain text entries via a textarea field and retains them in a MySQL database. When i echo those back to the web site i want to replace all the user entered carriage returns (\n etc) with <br /> tags before it's printed to the page. This is how i have it so far (not working at all)...

$message = str_replace('\n','<br />',$row['message']);

echo '<div>'.$message.'</div>';

1) why isn't that working?
2) are line breaks specific to the server they're submitted to or the browser they're submitted from? For example, if it's server specific and on a unix server i'm guessing "\n" is correct, but if it's client/browser specific then i'd have to escape "^m" for mac "\n" for unix, "\r\n" for windows etc. right?

Anyone up for bringing this down to my level? :)
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[!--quoteo(post=361714:date=Apr 4 2006, 04:24 PM:name=cmgmyr)--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(cmgmyr @ Apr 4 2006, 04:24 PM) [snapback]361714[/snapback][/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]
Have you tried this yet:[code]$something = nl2br($something);[/code]

didn't even know about that one...duh...thanks, that should work perfectly.
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