[snip] >What to do? >http://www.php.net/stripslashes i'm not sure this is right. the manual at php.net suggests stripcslashes (!=stripslashes) where mail is concerned http://uk2.php.net/mail http://uk2.php.net/stripcslashes [/snip] Actually, it does not suggest that at all and these are intended for two diffent stripping operations stripslashes - Returns a string with backslashes stripped off. (\' becomes ' and so on.) Double backslashes (\\) are made into a single backslash (\). stripcslashes - Returns a string with backslashes stripped off. Recognizes C-like \n, \r ..., octal and hexadecimal representation.