replace linebreaks to get them working with jquery


I have following small script to preview some text before submitting it to store in a database:

jQuery(function($) { var input = $('#contents'), preview = $('#previewaccordion div.viewcontents'); input.keyup(function(e) { preview.html(input.val()); }); });

but if I type text with line-breaks it ignores them and writes all of them in one line. How could I replace the line-breaks so that they show correctly?


I assume that you are using a textarea for the input. There are \n used as linebreaks, which have no influence in HTML. So you have to replace them with br-tags:

input.val().replace(/\n/g, "<br />");


It's nothing to do with jQuery: Linebreaks in HTML are not significant, they're just whitespace (like spaces and tabs).

To force a linebreak in HTML, you use a <br> tag. So you could change



preview.html(input.val().replace(/\r?\n/g, '<br>'));

Note that you're also not escaping HTML special characters (like < or &), and so if you type them, your output may not be correct. So you might go with:

preview.html(input.val().replace(/&/g, '&amp;').replace(/</g, '&lt;').replace(/\r?\n/g, '<br>'));

And finally, I'd hook keypress as well as keyup, so you see characters created via key repeat (which fires keypress, but not keyup).

<a href="http://jsbin.com/apiles" rel="nofollow">Live example</a> | <a href="http://jsbin.com/apiles/edit" rel="nofollow">source</a>


Hiya <strong>demo here:</strong> <a href="http://jsfiddle.net/STnhV/1/" rel="nofollow">http://jsfiddle.net/STnhV/1/</a>

hope this helps! cheers!

<strong>Jquery Code:</strong>

$(document).ready(function() { $('#inputfoo').keyup(function() { $('#outputbar').html($(this).val().replace(/\n/g,'<br/>')); }); }); ​


Replace the linebreaks to html break tags when you render the output from the database.


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