I am writing a program to convert the information read from a url into an "INSERT" statement so as that I can use this information on my own page. The problem is that I am saving some of the HTML tags i.e. <table>, as Strings. So for example....

String table1 =
"<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" class="table_border">

I then want to insert this string into a field in a database however, the quotation marks (") prevent the string from being read as a whole string! SQL interprets them as operators and doesnt know what to do. I know that Perl has a function to deal with this - I think its the escape function - but i was wondering is there a way similar to do it in java without having to go through each quotation mark and deal with them seperately as i have a lot of code.

e.g. Srting table1 = "......";
String escaped_table1 = table1.escape();
.... Insert into db values (escaped_table1);

Thanks in advance for your help!!!