nl2br() is used to convert each newline"\n") within a string to an XHTML break<br />) tag followed by a newline.
Prior to PHP version 3.0.18/4.0.4, the break tag was HTML compliant<br>). In subsequent versions, the HTML/XML/XHTML-compliant form, <br />, is used.
<?php // From http://www.foldoc.org/ - search for 'AI koan' $message = <<<_AI_KOAN_ A disciple of another sect once came to Drescher as he was eating his morning meal. "I would like to give you this personality test", said the outsider, "because I want you to be happy." Drescher took the paper that was offered him and put it into the toaster, saying: "I wish the toaster to be happy, too." _AI_KOAN_; echo nl2br($message); ?> Output: A disciple of another sect once came to Drescher <br /> as he was eating his morning meal. <br /> "I would like to give you this personality test", <br /> said the outsider, "because I want you to be happy." <br /> <br /> Drescher took the paper that was offered him and <br /> put it into the toaster, saying: "I wish the <br /> toaster to be happy, too."
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