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Formatting text retrieved from MySql db with php

Thread began 1/04/2012 10:52 pm by maftouh | Last modified 1/05/2012 10:31 am by Jason Byrnes | 5570 views | 3 replies |


Formatting text retrieved from MySql db with php

Hi. I'm working on Dreamweaver CS3 and using Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) with Safari 4.1.3 web browser

I'd like to know how to format data retrieved from a MySql Data base using PHP.
For Example, in a Basic Contact form, when i want to view the messages, i've used this code :

mysql_connect("localhost", "root", "root") or die(mysql_error());
mysql_select_db("contact") or die(mysql_error());

$data = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM client")
or die(mysql_error());

$info = mysql_fetch_array( $data );

Print "<table border cellpadding=3 align='center' bgcolor='#FFFFFF'>";
while($info = mysql_fetch_array( $data ))
Print "<tr>";
Print "<th bgcolor='#0066FF'><font color='#FFFFFF'>Full Name:</font></th> <td>".$info['fullname'] . "</td> ";
Print "<th>eMail :</th> <td>".$info['<br />email'] . "</td> ";
Print "<th>Phone:</th> <td>".$info['phone'] . "</td> ";
Print "<th>Subject:</th> <td>".$info['subject'] . "</td> ";
Print "<th>Message:</th> <td>".$info['message'] . "</td></tr>";
Print "</table>";

of course, it works. And now, i want to formate the text on the retrieving page : set a customized font, color, size and so forth. Because, when the messages are printed in an array, they look like this :

Full Name: myname eMail :my email Phone: 123 Subject: the subject Message: text
Full Name: myname 2 eMail :my email2 Phone: 1234 Subject: the subject Message: text

So, it is not nice any more. And also the long is the message, is the width the page will take. And some time it larger the page width and user have to scroll the web browser to left and right in order to see the rest of the message.
So, I'd like to know how can i customize the view of messages retrieved from my MySql Data Base, either using PHP, HTML or CSS, if possible.

Thank you for all

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

I'm not sure i understand the question.

the example code you give above will format the information from the database. Your example code is doing exactly what you are asking how to do.

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Thank you Jason for responding.
As well as you have seen, this sample of code make a small formating : it only formate the array and not the content.
i've submitted two images to explain well what i mean. One (labeled: Basic_view_) showing how the database content is printed with a simple formating of the array (like the cells blue colored); and the second one (labeled: customized_view) show how i'd like to formate the content retrieved from the database.
Of course, i've made the sample of the SECOND PICTURE in a text editor to sweet best what i mean.

I think it will be more explicit.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Use Dreamweavers design view to recreate the layout you want using the same dummy data from your screen shoot.

once you have created the layout in dreamweaver, replace the dummy data with the code for the recrdset column.

for example, replace the email address with:
<?php echo($info['email']); ?>

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