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Jul 16, 2004, 5:06 AM

Post #1 of 3 (4134 views)
ASP: From HTML to XHTML - better code with version 2.* Can't Post

As you all know HTMLArea 2.* doesn't produce very good HTML. Yesterday another person asked a question in another forum ( if it was a solution for making HTMLArea 2.* to produce better code (XHTML). HTMLArea 3.0 can of course produce XHTML, but since there isn't so many functions for that version this could be a solution.

The solution is here:

Just use that code/function on the input, and the HTML will be saved as XHTML (all code will be lower-case, all tags will be closed and quotes " will be added).

Ex. SQL_query = "UPDATE Articles SET ArticleText = '" & Replace(Convert2Xhtml(Cstr(rsArticles("ArticleText")),"'","''")

Just so you know, the code inside HTMLArea will still look ugly (because of it's nature), but the output will be OK. | Webdesign

(This post was edited by eisa on Jul 16, 2004, 5:23 AM)


Jul 16, 2004, 5:18 AM

Post #2 of 3 (4130 views)
Re: [eisa] ASP: From HTML to XHTML - better code with version 2.* [In reply to] Can't Post

By the way, it's also possible to download the code. It's also some code there which is supposed to update your code in the database. This code didn't work for me, so here is my solution (also using GetRows for better performance). Also one small difference when adding empty ALT if not present in the IMG tag:

<% Server.ScriptTimeout = 6000 %>
<% Response.Buffer = false %>
<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" runat="server">
function convert2Xhtml(theHtml) {
var html;
html = theHtml;

// Make xhtml compatible
html = html.replace(/<.*>?>/g,function(m,p,s){return m.replace(/\s(\w+=)([#\w,;]+)/g,function(m,p,s){return ' ' + p.toLowerCase() + '"' + s + '"';});});
html = html.replace(/<(\/?\w+)([^>]*>)/g,function(m,p,s){return '<' + p.toLowerCase() + s;});
html = html.replace(/<(meta|base|basefont|param|link|img|br|hr|area|input)([^>]*)>/g,function(m,p,s){return m.indexOf(' />') == -1 ? '<' + p + s + ' />' : m;});

// Add empty ALT if not present in the IMG tag
html = html.replace(/<(img)([^>]*)\/>/g,function(m,p,s){return m.indexOf('alt=') == -1 ? '<' + p + s + ' alt=" " />' : m;});

return html;

<title>Convert To XHTML</title>
'Convert News to XHTML
'Convert Articles
if request.queryString("action") = "articles" then
Dim rsConvertArticles

set rsConvertArticles = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")
rsConvertArticles.ActiveConnection = "--your connectionstring here--"
rsConvertArticles.Source = "SELECT ArticleID, Ingress, ArticleText FROM Articles"
rsConvertArticles.CursorType = 0
rsConvertArticles.CursorLocation = 2
rsConvertArticles.LockType = 1
arrRows = rsConvertArticles.GetRows()
Set rsConvertArticles = Nothing

intCols = uBound(arrRows,1) 'check columns, starting on 0
intRows = uBound(arrRows,2) 'check rows, starting on 0
For cRows = 0 to intRows

DataSource = "--your connectionstring her--"
Set MyConn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
MyConn.Open DataSource

SQL_query = "UPDATE Articles SET Ingress = '" & Replace(Convert2Xhtml(Cstr(arrRows(1,cRows))),"'","''") & "', ArticleText = '" & Replace(Convert2Xhtml(Cstr(arrRows(2,cRows))),"'","''") & "' WHERE ArticleID = " & arrRows(0,cRows)

Set MyConn = nothing
Response.Write "Number of changed articles: " & cRows
end if%>
<h1>Convert 2 XHTML</h1>
<a href="convert2Xhtml.asp?action=articles">Convert Articles</a> <br />
</html> | Webdesign

(This post was edited by eisa on Jul 16, 2004, 6:04 AM)

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Sep 1, 2004, 6:48 AM

Post #3 of 3 (3869 views)
Re: [eisa] ASP: From HTML to XHTML - better code with version 2.* [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for posting this bit of code, very useful.

We use htmlarea 2.03 in our content management system, and hope to use the Convert2Xhtml function to make everything XHTML compliant before writing the code away in our db. The javascript is really good as far as it goes, but doesn't deal with maximising attributes within tags, ie. converting <td nowrap> to <td nowrap="nowrap">

Has anyone written a regular expression to deal with this situation? If so, it would be fantastic if you could share it with us.




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