You'd like to turn a query result into HTML.
mysql can do that for you.
mysql generates result set output as HTML tables if you use -H (or --html) option. This gives you a quick way to produce sample output for inclusion into a web page that shows what the result of a query looks like. Here's an example that shows the difference between tabular format and HTML table output (a few line breaks have been added to the HTML output to make it easier to read):
 I'm referring to writing static HTML pages here. If you're writing a script that produces web pages on the fly, there are better ways to generate HTML output from a query. For more information on writing web scripts, see Chapter 16.
% mysql -e "SELECT * FROM limbs WHERE legs=0" cookbook +------------+------+------+ | thing | legs | arms | +------------+------+------+ | squid | 0 | 10 | | octopus | 0 | 8 | | fish | 0 | 0 | | phonograph | 0 | 1 | +------------+------+------+ % mysql -H -e "SELECT * FROM limbs WHERE legs=0" cookbook
The first line of the table contains column headings. If you don't want a header row, see Recipe 1.26.
The -H and --html options produce output only for queries that generate a result set. No output is written for queries such as INSERT or UPDATE statements.
-H and --html may be used as of MySQL 3.22.26. (They actually were introduced in an earlier version, but the output was not quite correct.)
Using the mysql Client Program
Writing MySQL-Based Programs
Record Selection Techniques
Working with Strings
Working with Dates and Times
Sorting Query Results
Modifying Tables with ALTER TABLE
Obtaining and Using Metadata
Importing and Exporting Data
Generating and Using Sequences
Using Multiple Tables
Introduction to MySQL on the Web
Incorporating Query Resultsinto Web Pages
Processing Web Input with MySQL
Using MySQL-Based Web Session Management
Appendix A. Obtaining MySQL Software
Appendix B. JSP and Tomcat Primer
Appendix C. References