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Random formatting changes when Editing Post

  1. I am very new to blogging on this site and am having tremendous trouble with random formatting changes occuring. I have copied text from a Word document (I use Word to draft my blog) and when I post, or update inevitably I view the changes and the formatting is off. Here is a list of things that I have seen.
    1. all of a sudden I have more spacing in between text. (That was not there when I saved.)
    2. Text that was before a picture is randomly moved to the end of the entire blog.
    3. Fonts randomly change.

    I have edited the post many many times and am not making these random changes so I don't know why they are occurring. I have more than a basic knowledge of how to format a document, but these occurences are so frequent and so maddening that I figured I must be doing something drastically wrong. Is there a guide of "best practices" of hot to edit or post? Can anyone help me with why these changes might occur without having specified them?

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

  2. I have copied text from a Word document

    WORD is a word processing program. It's not a blog editor.

    Please see here --> http://en.support.wordpress.com/microsoft-word/
    And here --> http://en.support.wordpress.com/microsoft-word/#using-word-cleanly

    Also note you can use windows live writer to create and publish posts and pages to your blog. http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/

    Also go here and be sure have enabled this. Go to Settings > Writing and select “ ___ WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” and then scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

  3. Thank you SO much for the help. Much appreciated.

  4. You're welcome. :)

  5. First off, MS Word is not a web application, it is a print media application. It does not speak "web." WordPress will automatically strip out any Word formatting since it will destroy your blog. If not immediately, then at some point in the very near future. You can write in MS Word and paste it in using the "paste from Word" icon in the editor tool bars, but any formatting will have to be done right in the wordpress editor after it is pasted.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/microsoft-word/

    1. Web standard paragraph spacing is one blank line between paragraphs. This can be adjusted manually using inline CSS, but it would either have to be done on a paragraph by paragraph basis, or you would have to have the CSS upgrade and at least some knowledge of CSS.

    2. When placing image into a post or page, you put your cursor into the text where you want the image to be inserted and then use the "insert an image" function. You can chose from several alignment options:

    None: image left aligned but no text wrap
    Left or right: image left or right aligned with image wrap
    Center: image center aligned with no text wrap

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/

    3. Font settings will be stripped out (again, Word does not speak web and really mucks that stuff up). Font style changes (italic, bold, underline, etc.) will have to be taken care of in the wordpress editor. If you are talking about actual font-family changes, then that has to be done with HTML.

    A note on fonts: Browsers pull from the fonts that are installed on the visitor's computer. If the font is not installed on the visitor's computer, then the browser will substitute whatever it can find on the visitor's computer that it thinks is a match, or drop back even further and just use the browser standard serif or sans-serif font. For the fonts that are consistent from OS to OS, see the following link.

    http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

    If you have a post or page with formatting issues that is published so that we can see it, that would help. Then we can help you get things straightened out.

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