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  1. Hello,
    In my post PEOPLE OF THE SAHEL - KANEM AND LAKE CHAD, toward the end under the heading REFERENCES AND LINKS ON AFRICA , the links (generally followed by a short descriptive text) were initially separated by blank space, like it would normally look in a published article. Now they are compacted in a continuous text (I am often switching between the visual and the text editor - I am no HTML expert!) I tried making them paragraphs, using <p> and </p>; I also tried
    after the text, but it looks like both get deleted from the text editor (a post in a forum says that switching to the visual editor does that). I spent most of the afternoon yesterday on Google and on WordPress forums trying to figure this out. Some replies in the forums have CSS solutions, but CSS is beyond my understanding (I will need to work on it!).
    Thank you for your help. Best regards,
    Jacques Jangoux

    The blog I need help with is jacquesjangoux.wordpress.com.

  2. Oops! Something is missing:
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    after the text,

  3. Missing again: it was /br

  4. Blog editors and word processors are not the same and do not work the same way. The web standard is one blank line only, so you cannot add more blank lines by pressing return repeatedly like you would do with a typewriter or in a word processing application. If you want to learn how to format and space your posts and pages see:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/writing-and-formatting-poetry/

    If you are working in the Visual editor, to get single spacing between paragraphs hold the SHIFT key down and simultaneously click ENTER at the end of the paragraph.

    If you are working in the HTML (Text) editor, a single click of ENTER will give you a single-spaced line, and two clicks of ENTER will result in double spaced lines. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/09/13/wordpress-formatting-and-spacing/

    P.S. When you create a new post, always make sure the Format tool is set to Paragraph before you start typing. It's in the Visual editor Row 2 first position "style". See the illustration here http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#row-2 If you forget to do that then edit the post, highlight all in the Visual editor, select Paragraph from the Format tool, switch editor to Text then switch back to Visual and click Update.

  5. Thanks timethief. I think this will do it. But I wish the visual editor wouldn´t strip what was done in the text editor (I have see others say this...) I guess the way is to first do the visual stuff (like placing pictures or formatting paragraphs) and after that make modifications only in the text editor. And maybe make a backup copy of the working text edit in Notepad (I am using Windows) and if later I want, say, to go back to the visual editor to add an image, and I see that code has been stripped and my text has been re-compacted, replace that text with the backup.

  6. I guess the way is to first do the visual stuff (like placing pictures or formatting paragraphs)

    See here please > http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#alignment

    The alignment icons in the WordPress editor are for aligning text; they are not for aligning images. They are used to achieve wrapping text around images on either the right or left hand side, or to display an image that's centered without text on either side of it.

    Align-left means position left, with the rest of the content wrapping around the right side of the image.

    Align-right means position right, with the rest of the content wrapping around the left side of the image.

    Align-center means position center, with no wrap-around (= the rest of the content below the image).

    If the text beside the images does not occupy the same amount of space that the image beside it does then the text wrapping will continue and the images and text that follow will have a staggered appearance.

    To prevent the staggered effect what you do is insert the following snippet of code into the Text (HTML) editor after each image/text pair:
    <div style="clear:both;"></div>

  7. Thanks again!

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