Display formatted raw html with jquery

I have a place where I am trying to show code in a text area. I have dumbed down the example but basically user can input some fields, click a button, and the code snippet displays in a text area below for them to edit if they want and then copy.

I finally got it working to display the actual code snippet. But now I can't seem to find a way to format it so that it is indented and looks nice.

var mySnippet =
"<div id=\"myOuterDiv\">"
    + "<div id=\"myInnerDiv\">"
    + "</div>"
    + "</div>";
$('#mySnippetArea').text(mySnippet);

Which displays in my text area like so.

<div id="myOuterDiv"><div id="myInnerDiv"></div></div>

Where as I would like to see it as:

    <div id="myOuterDiv">
        <div id="myInnerDiv">
        </div>
    </div>

I'd really like to avoid any 3rd party plugins as its for work an a pain to get approval. It's just 4 small snippets I need to format.

UPDATE This appears to work as I need.

var mySnippet =
        "<div id=\"myOuterDiv\">\r"
            + "    <div id=\"myInnerDiv\">\r"
            + "    </div>\r"
            + "</div>\r";

Output:

<div id="myOuterDiv">
    <div id="myInnerDiv">
    </div>
</div>

Answers:

Answer

Add a \n if you want a new line like

var mySnippet = "<div id=\"myOuterDiv\">\n"
    + "<div id=\"myInnerDiv\">\n"
    + "</div>\n"
    + "</div>\n";
$('#mySnippetArea').text(eventSnippet);

Single character escape sequences:

\b: backspace (U+0008 BACKSPACE)
\f: form feed (U+000C FORM FEED)
\n: line feed (U+000A LINE FEED)
\r: carriage return (U+000D CARRIAGE RETURN)
\t: horizontal tab (U+0009 CHARACTER TABULATION)
\v: vertical tab (U+000B LINE TABULATION)
\0: null character (U+0000 NULL)

Example: http://jsfiddle.net/jtx7e/

Answer

just use <pre id="mySnippetArea"></pre> and add \n and space according to the needed layout

edit:

you can also write

var mySnippet =
"<div id=\"myOuterDiv\">\n\
   <div id=\"myInnerDiv\">\n\
   </div>\n\
</div>";

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