Using htmlArea and a Database to Maintain Content on a Website
If you wish to develop a website that others can contribute to, one option is to have text files sent as e-mail attachments, convert these to HTML and then upload the file. There is, however, a better way! If the people making submissions to your site are capable of using a word processor then things can be done much more efficiently. This article will show you how to use a free component called htmlArea and a database to handle the addition and display of content on your website. Some knowledge of HTML, databases and server-side scripts is assumed.
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However, before going any further you should be aware that this component works only in Internet Explorer Version 5 or higher. This does not mean that your HTML code will not function if viewed in Netscape. It simply means that textareas will appear as textareas and will not be replaced by an htmlArea. A beta version with cross-browser functionality is in the works but still lacks documentation.
htmlArea is a very attractive and powerful component, but it’s only useful if its contents can be saved. This article will describe how to install this control and how to save and retrieve the HTML files that are created. Our solution will be implemented using PHP and MySQL though the principles will apply to any relational database and any server-side scripting language.