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SSRS reading linebreak in textbox


The problem of the day: I stumbled on this problem on the Microsoft Reporting Services Forum website and thought it might be of some interest.

The problem

"We are loading data from a single data element into a textbox that can contain html linebreak tags (<br />). Is there a way for reporting services textbox to read this and insert line breaks so that it displays as paragraphs? Is the textbox capable of acting on any character codes (as in a rich textbox)? Do I have any workaround options? Am I going to have to change the app to save the data to multiple records just to be able to display the data to multiple textboxes so that it shows as multiple paragraphs? "


My Solution

A quick one..
Are you loading this by utilizing as Visual Studio application.
If so what I would suggest is to replace the <BR/ > with a chr(13).
i.e. The cat and the big black dog <BR/>
   String mystring =  "The cat and the big black dog " +  chr(13) ;

Please give this a try and let me know how you fare.

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sincerest regards 
Steve Simon