Philadelphia Reflections

The musings of a physician who has served the community for over six decades

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The website technology supporting Philadelphia Reflections is PHP, MySQL and DHTML. The web hosting service is Internet Planners. The development of this website has provided an opportunity to learn new technology, to try out different techniques for getting noticed by the search engines and the trials and tribulations of dealing with malicious hackers and spammers who range from the annoying to the abusive. This collection of articles documents some of our experiences and we hope that people surfing the web looking for solutions to problems we've encountered will benefit.

George IV and Computers(1)
I got him into computers around 1960. He soon far surpassed me.

Program notes by GRF4

Escaping for PHP Output to JavaScript

To send data to a JavaScript script from PHP, three levels of escaping are required as shown in the snippet below:

<script type="text/javascript">
// <![CDATA[

// escape for JavaScript
$message   = preg_replace("/\r?\n/", "\\n", addslashes($message));

// escape for XHTML
$message   = preg_replace('%</%i', '<\/', $message);

// send to JavaScript
echo "   var message = \"$message\";\n";

// ]]>

(my thanks to for HTML encoding)

Originally published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010; most-recently modified: Monday, June 04, 2012