I wonder how to keep the format such as bullet list when you store text in a table without storing the html code. I want some text to be displayed as bullet list or other formats, do I need to use some special tags (when store the text) to do this.

For example, some text like this
1) xxx
2) xxx
3) xxx

It will dispalyed as this if it's just copied and pasted into a input form:
1) xxx 2) xxx 3) xxx

I know you can either using html code as input or normalize the items into different tables. Are there other ways of formating the text from a single column?