I'm trying to combine a second database (a catalog) with wordpress. I want the text box for customers to make recommendations to behave the same way the wordpress "post" and "comment" boxes do - adding paragraph breaks, recognizing paired asterisks as a "bold" command, and suchlike. The recommendations wouldn't go into the wordpress database (they have to be associated with the product number in the catalog database). What files/includes do I have to call to my "recommendations" processing page in order for the text to be processed (pre-storing in the database) like the wp posts are?
Or is this even possible?