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ParagraphFormat is not XHTML Safe

Updated on March 06, 2024
By Pete Freitag

I just noticed that the ParagraphFormat tag is not XHTML safe. It inserts unclosed <P> tags for line breaks. I posted a comment on the live docs about this, so hopefully they will add an optional argument to have it generate XHTML output. Here's a function you can use in the meantime:

<cffunction name="XHTMLParagraphFormat" returntype="string" output="false">
	<cfargument name="str" required="true" type="string">
	<cfreturn REReplace(arguments.str, "\r+\n\r+\n", "<br /><br />", "ALL")>

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ParagraphFormat is not XHTML Safe was first published on May 06, 2005.

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There's also an XHTMLParagraphFormat UDF on
by Steve Ray on 05/06/2005 at 5:22:15 PM UTC
There is a cflib function for this too. :)
by Raymond Camden on 05/06/2005 at 6:35:38 PM UTC
The function on cflib is not exactly ideal. It will convert blank lines into empty &lt;p&gt;&lt;/p&gt; tags which is not exactly correct.

I changed the code from a replace to a reReplaceNoCase with the following regexp to do the right thing (from a semantic XHTML point of view):

reReplaceNoCase(string, "(#Chr(13)##Chr(10)#)+", ...)
by Brian G on 02/03/2006 at 5:41:14 PM UTC