I have a problem when returning REST spaces for a textarea from a list.

To get the information the REST is returning '↵' instead of space.

Need to know how I change this symbol '↵' for space.

Example: Image Erro: enter image description here

Image Correct: enter image description here

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    Could you provide the request and one of your result objects?
    – John-M
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 20:20
  • are you sure it's not a line break? Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 20:43
  • Well, I try to give a space in textarea but the rest returns the symbol. Check out the images below: Correct: i.imgur.com/cHE7vfU.png. Error: i.imgur.com/U4GiG2A.png
    – Renanfdo
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 20:47

1 Answer 1


It seems that string contains carriage return character in JSON result, in that case you could replace a carriage return character with a <br> using the following function:

function escapeCRLF(value) 
    return value.replace(/\r?\n/g, "<br />");  


Assume the following function is used for retrieving ListItem resource:

function getListItem(webUrl, listName,listItemId, complete, failure) {
        url: webUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('" + listName + "')/items(" + listItemId + ")",
        method: "GET",
        headers: { "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose" },
        success: function (data) {
        error: function (data) {

Then the following code demonstrate how to return escaped Description property:

    var description = escapeCRLF(data.Description);


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