I have set up a guest entries form that receives data from the textarea snippet below and saves it into a rich text field.

<textarea name="fields[comment]" placeholder="Join the discussion..."></textarea>

When I view the entry on the front-end there is no formatting, but on the backend there is formatting. Then when I save the entry on the back-end, suddenly there is formatting on the front-end.

Is there anyway to bypass having to re-save the entry to get the desired formatting?

  • Is it a Rich Text field?
    – Ryan Shrum
    Feb 5, 2015 at 19:17
  • Yes. And when I view source in Redactor I can see paragraph tags that start to show up after I save the entry again. Feb 5, 2015 at 19:27
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    Without using a JavaScript parser, not sure you'd be able to achieve what you're looking for. Unless of course you want to allow Redactor on the front-end. craftcms.stackexchange.com/questions/4225/…
    – Ryan Shrum
    Feb 5, 2015 at 19:57

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RichText fields make use of the Redactor plugin library, which if I understand correctly, essentially parses line-breaks and wraps lines in properly formatted html <p> tags via javascript. However, when you save from the front-end, it doesn't have a chance yet to parse the data. Only when you view the data on the back-end and re-save does redactor get a chance to do it's thing.

  • You could use redactor on the front-end, although this is not recommended for various reasons as described here.

  • Or you could change the fieldtype to a regular textField and wrap everything in a <pre> tag in your template. <pre>{{ entry.myTextField }}</pre>

  • Or you could parse the string yourself via javascript before submitting it, wrapping your own <p> tags (hopefully it won't get double encoded).

There might be other options as well.

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