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I use Dreamweaver as my development IDE.

When I create a textarea, put stuff in, save it to the database, and recall
it to the textarea later, it alway comes up with what looks like a large tab
spacing in the beginning. If I save it back, it comes back the same way.
If I delete the leading stuff and save it again, it still comes back exactly
the same.

This is only for the first paragraph so I suspect there are some leading
characters that I don't know about. How can I get it to display starting at
the left edge?

Shelly
Jul 17 '06 #1
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Sheldon Glickler wrote:
I use Dreamweaver as my development IDE.

When I create a textarea, put stuff in, save it to the database, and recall
it to the textarea later, it alway comes up with what looks like a large tab
spacing in the beginning. If I save it back, it comes back the same way.
If I delete the leading stuff and save it again, it still comes back exactly
the same.

This is only for the first paragraph so I suspect there are some leading
characters that I don't know about. How can I get it to display starting at
the left edge?

Shelly
Not sure. I've seen this problem before though - and on those occasions
the culprit has been blank space or carriage returns in the html. Have
a look at the source code and see if there are any obvious spaces that
might produce this error.

Jul 17 '06 #2

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Rik
strawberry wrote:
Sheldon Glickler wrote:
>I use Dreamweaver as my development IDE.

When I create a textarea, put stuff in, save it to the database, and
recall it to the textarea later, it alway comes up with what looks
like a large tab spacing in the beginning. If I save it back, it
comes back the same way. If I delete the leading stuff and save it
again, it still comes back exactly the same.

This is only for the first paragraph so I suspect there are some
leading characters that I don't know about. How can I get it to
display starting at the left edge?

Shelly

Not sure. I've seen this problem before though - and on those
occasions
the culprit has been blank space or carriage returns in the html. Have
a look at the source code and see if there are any obvious spaces that
might produce this error.
Yup, when you try to format your HTML code nicely using:
echo "<textarea>
{$content}
</texteare>";
(or echo "<textarea>\n\t{$content}\n</textarea>";),
the whitespace will be saved.

Try echo "<textarea>{$content}</textarea>";
And check the source indeed.

Grtz.
--
Rik Wasmus
Jul 17 '06 #3

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I ran another little test. I bypassed the database and simply sent the text
as an argument and retrieved it with $_GET. I also echoed the first three
characters. Here are the results:

1 - The cursor is initially positioned at column 3.
2 - If I backspace to column one and put in text, then the first three
characters match the text I put in. The cursor is positioned initially at
column three.
3 - If I don't backspace, the first two characters become blanks
(non-printable) and the display starts at column 5

Shelly

"Sheldon Glickler" <sh*******@asap-consult.comwrote in message
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>I use Dreamweaver as my development IDE.

When I create a textarea, put stuff in, save it to the database, and
recall it to the textarea later, it alway comes up with what looks like a
large tab spacing in the beginning. If I save it back, it comes back the
same way. If I delete the leading stuff and save it again, it still comes
back exactly the same.

This is only for the first paragraph so I suspect there are some leading
characters that I don't know about. How can I get it to display starting
at the left edge?

Shelly

Jul 17 '06 #4

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Yup. That was it. I put them all in-line and it is OK.

This is something that bugged me before and when I ran into it again, I
thought I'd ask.

Thanks.

Shelly

"Rik" <lu************@hotmail.comwrote in message
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strawberry wrote:
>Sheldon Glickler wrote:
>>I use Dreamweaver as my development IDE.

When I create a textarea, put stuff in, save it to the database, and
recall it to the textarea later, it alway comes up with what looks
like a large tab spacing in the beginning. If I save it back, it
comes back the same way. If I delete the leading stuff and save it
again, it still comes back exactly the same.

This is only for the first paragraph so I suspect there are some
leading characters that I don't know about. How can I get it to
display starting at the left edge?

Shelly

Not sure. I've seen this problem before though - and on those
occasions
the culprit has been blank space or carriage returns in the html. Have
a look at the source code and see if there are any obvious spaces that
might produce this error.

Yup, when you try to format your HTML code nicely using:
echo "<textarea>
{$content}
</texteare>";
(or echo "<textarea>\n\t{$content}\n</textarea>";),
the whitespace will be saved.

Try echo "<textarea>{$content}</textarea>";
And check the source indeed.

Grtz.
--
Rik Wasmus


Jul 17 '06 #5

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