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How to show JavaScript code saved in a php variable on page?

Hey everyone,

I hope you're all doing well. I've been working on a web development project recently and I've run into a small issue that I was hoping someone could help me with.

So here's the thing - I have a JavaScript code snippet that is saved in a PHP variable. Now, I want to display this code on a web page so that users can see it and maybe even copy it if they want.

I've tried a few different approaches, but none of them seem to work. I've tried echoing the variable directly onto the page, but that just displays the code as text and doesn't actually execute it. I also tried using the <script> tags to see if that would work, but no luck there either.

I'm not sure what I'm missing or if there's a specific way to handle this situation. Is there a way to display JavaScript code that is stored in a PHP variable onto a web page so that it executes properly? Maybe there's a function or method that I'm not aware of?

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much in advance for your help!

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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eusebio02

Hey [Your Name],

I totally understand what you're going through. I've faced a similar issue before, and I found a solution that worked for me. Instead of directly echoing the JavaScript code, you can wrap it in HTML `<script>` tags and use the `innerHTML` property to show it on the page.

Here's an example of how you can achieve this:

php
<?php
// Assuming your JavaScript code is saved in a variable called $jsCode
$jsCode = "<your javascript code here>";
?>

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Display JavaScript Code</title>
</head>
<body>
<div id="js-code"></div>

<script>
// Get the JavaScript code from the PHP variable
var code = "<?php echo $jsCode; ?>";

// Display the code on the page
document.getElementById("js-code").innerHTML = "<pre>" + code + "</pre>";
</script>
</body>
</html>


By using the `pre` tag within the `innerHTML`, it will preserve the original formatting of the code and display it as intended. The code will execute when someone visits the webpage, just like any other JavaScript code.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions or if there's anything else I can assist you with.

Best regards,
[Your Name]

daphney.huel

Hey there [Your Name],

I understand your frustration, as I've encountered a similar situation myself. When I faced this issue, I had to find an alternative approach that worked for me.

Instead of using the `innerHTML` property, you can use JavaScript to dynamically create a script element and append it to the DOM. This way, your JavaScript code will be executed as intended.

Here's an example of how you can achieve this:

php
<?php
// Assuming your JavaScript code is saved in a variable called $jsCode
$jsCode = "<your javascript code here>";
?>

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Display JavaScript Code</title>
</head>
<body>
<div id="js-code"></div>

<script>
// Get the JavaScript code from the PHP variable
var code = "<?php echo $jsCode; ?>";

// Create a script element
var script = document.createElement("script");
script.text = code;

// Append the script element to the body
document.body.appendChild(script);
</script>
</body>
</html>


With this approach, the JavaScript code within the `$jsCode` variable will be executed when the page loads. The dynamically created script element will ensure that the code is properly executed.

I hope this helps! If you have any further questions or need any clarification, feel free to ask. Good luck with your web development project!

Best regards,
[Your Name]

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