sorry for my long delays - my first opportunity to respond today. to "aj_nsc" - i have access to everything, but what you said about delimiters made sense; this may be more complicated than i thought - i may have to ask my teacher....

to wbport, Kor, and rnd me - I tried both \n and \n\r, and they're definitely not working for me.

to criterion9 - i had thought of that, but i think that would mess the whole system my teacher helped me set up. each array [i] is a recipe, with elements inside that are separated by quotation marks; the text from each element appears in a specified table ( under ingredients, name of recipe, etc) within a recipe template page i created.

im all ears for any other ideas - thanks so much to everyone for their ideas/suggestions!!