Thanks for the help, but I do not understand the str_replace();. I was reading the php manual but that didn't help. I forgot to tell you that I am still fairly new to php and mysql both. So please bare with me. But to give a bit more info.
rn is exactly how it looks when I hit the enter key for a new blank line just like typing a document.
print "Headline:<br><textarea name='headline' rows='1' cols='60'>$userstats3[headline]</textarea><br>";
as my text area
and I use
$SQL = "update d_users set headline='$headline'where username='$userstats3[username]'";
mysql_query($SQL) or die("could not register");
to save it to the database.
And when I have everything print out onto another page it comes out like this...
rn = new line done by enter key
words words words.rnrnwords words.
so in the process of saving it is converted someone from a new line to the rn. This helps. Please explain to me how to fix this problem. Because as I said the manual doesn't help me. I'm more of a hands on person. In the mean time I'll keep trying to figure this out and let you know if I do.