Inserting html code in a mysql table


Question

I use joomla to manage a website... and i am developing a stand alone php application that will insert and modify data into the tables that are used by joomla to store the html of webpages that it dynamically creates...

The way it works is i use a joomla component to create content and the html code of these articles are stored in a field in a table, say content_table, by joomla.. This html code is later retrieved to construct a part of a webpage.

I want to do the same with my standalone app... i.e add the html code to the filed in content_table which can later be retrieved by joomla to construct the part of the page.

The problem is : The html code,naturally, of course, has a lot of single and double quotes and this pose a problem while inserting into the database.. I've tried mysql_escape_string() and still get syntax errors..

I can use addslashes() but since joomla itself retrieves the code later, it is not possible to use stripslashes() while retrieving it later....

Is there anyway i can add the html code the table's field...

Thanks for your suggestions...!!

Edit : After adding mysql_escape_string() i get

Error adding details. Reason : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'fulltext = '\n

This is my query :

UPDATE $jos_content
SET    introtext = '$intro_code',
       fulltext  = '$article_code'
WHERE  id = '$article_id'";

The input string is as follows :

 $article_code = '<hr id="system-readmore" />
<center>{loadposition user50}</center>
<p style="text-align: center;">
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<i>
<b>
<span style="font-size: x-large;">
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
&nbsp;
</span>
</span>
</b>
</i>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<i>
<b>
<span style="font-size: x-large;">
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
<?php echo $title; ?>
</span>
</span>
</b>
</i>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<i>
<b>
<span style="font-size: x-large;">
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
<br />
</span>
</span>
</b>
</i>
</span>
</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">
<img height="269" width="515" border="3" 
title="<?php echo $title; ?>" 
alt=" <?php echo $title; ?>"
src="<?php echo $article_image;?>"
</p> 
<p>
<span style="font-size: small;">
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
<span style="color: rgb(153, 204, 255);">
<p style="margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 120px; text-align: left;">
<i> 
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 0);"> 
<strong>
Cast&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; :
</strong>
<b>
</b>
</span>
</i>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<b>
<?php echo $cast; ?>
</b>
</span>
<i>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<b>
<br />
</b>
</span>
</i>
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
<span style="font-size: small;">
<span style="color: rgb(153, 204, 255);">
</span>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 0);">
<i>
<strong>
Direction&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</strong>
</i>
<strong>
:
</strong>
<b>
</b>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<b>
<span class="href"
id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolderMainContent_FormView1_Director">
<?php echo $director; ?>
</span>
</b>
</span>
</span>
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
<br />
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 0);">
<i>
<strong>
Production
</strong>
</i>
<strong>
:
</strong>
<b>
</b>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<b>
<?php echo $direction; ?>
</b>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(255, 102, 0);">
<i>
<b>
<br />
</b>
</i>
</span>
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 0);">
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
<span style="font-size: small;">
<i>
<strong>
Music&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</strong>
</i>
<strong>
:
</strong>
</span>
</span>
</span>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<b>
<i>
</i>
<?php echo $music; ?>
<i>
<br />
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 0);">
Lyrics&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span>
</i>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 0);">
:
</span>
<i>
</i>
</b>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<b>
<?php echo $lyrics; ?>
</b>
</span>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<b>
<i>
<br />
</i>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 0);">
<i>
Year&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</i>
:
</span>
<?php echo $year; ?>
</b>
</span>
</span>
<i>
<span style="color: rgb(0, 255, 255);">
<b>
</b>
</span>
</i>
</p>
</span>
</span>
</span>
</p>
<p>
<left>
{loadposition user14}
&nbsp;
</left>
</p>
<div style="text-align: center;">
<p>
<i>
<span style="font-family: Arial;">
<b>
<span style="font-size: medium;">
<span style="color: rgb(51, 255, 255);">
Click
<img src="images/stories/Play button1.png"
alt="alt" />
in the Playlist to Download Songs
</span>
</span>
</b>
</span>
</i>
</p>
</div>
<table border="0" align="center">
<tbody>
<tr>
<td>
<h4 style="text-align: center;">
<i>
<span style="color: rgb(102, 255, 0);">
<b>
<b>
&nbsp;High Bandwidth Users
</b>
</b>
</span>
</i>
<i>
<span style="color: rgb(102, 255, 0);">
<b>
<b>
&nbsp;
</b>
</b>
</span>
</i>
<span style="color: rgb(102, 255, 0);">
<b>
</b>
</span>
</h4>
</td>
<td>
<h4 style="text-align: center;">
<i>
<span style="color: rgb(102, 255, 0);">
<b>
<b>
&nbsp;Low Bandwidth Users
</b>
</b>
</span>
</i>
<span style="color: rgb(102, 255, 0);">
<b>
<br />
</b>
</span>
</h4>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>
{auto width=&quot;235&quot; displayheight=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;225&quot;} <?php echo $hqList; ?> {/auto}
</td>
<td>
{auto width=&quot;235&quot; displayheight=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;225&quot;}<?php echo $lqList; ?>{/auto}
</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>
<center>
{loadposition user50}
</center>';
1
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7/12/2015 11:41:55 PM

Accepted Answer

Well..Debugged it.. Turns out the problem was after all not with the escaping function...

Check out the query :

UPDATE $jos_content
SET    introtext = '$intro_code',
       fulltext  = '$article_code'
WHERE  id = '$article_id'";

You can see the 'fulltext' field... Apparently, the word "fulltext" is a mysql keyword... To be precise,it's a field type like TEXT, INT, MEDIUMTEXT etc...

I changed the query to this

"UPDATE $jos_content
SET    $jos_content.introtext = '$intro_code',
       $jos_content.fulltext  = '$article_code'
WHERE  $jos_content.id = '$article_id'";

And voila...!!!!

2
3/3/2010 1:14:19 PM

I prefer to convert code to ordinary string before inserting to database. I think, it's most safe scenario. Consider using this code:

$article_code = base64_encode($article_code);
/* insert to database */

So, when you want to use that code back, just decode using base64_decode. I suggest you to use 'text' data type for saving $article_code rather than 'varchar'.


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