View Full Version : html in text boxes

06-17-2002, 06:39 AM
i want to have text boxes with code in them for viewers to copy... i have the text box code but any html i put into them wont show on page or is altered (so the browser dosent read them i guess??)...i tried some different things but still no luck...any help is welcomed....... THANKS

06-17-2002, 07:54 AM
You'll need to use special characters (ISO Entities) for your angle brackets (<...>).

Let's say your offering code inside of a textarea for your visitors to copy. As opposed to inserting your code like:


You need to use &lt; and &gt; to make your brackets. Here's an example:

<body bgcolor="#ffffff" text="#000000" link="#0000ff" alink="ff0000" vlink="#800080">
<textarea rows="7" name="displayHTML" cols="45" wrap="virtual" style="width:50%">

Copy/paste/preview the above to see what I mean.

See http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/reference/special_characters/ for more special characters.

Sorry for such a brief explaination, reply back here if you need further assistance ;).

06-17-2002, 02:21 PM
You can do this if you have PHP on your server. Just create a string with the html in it and use the following code

$string = "<html><head>....</html>";
echo htmlspecialchars($string);

06-17-2002, 08:30 PM
&lt; &gt; is just what i needed.........Thank You both for responding