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  1. Just wanted to post about some issues with the way captioning is set up in the post editor--I searched for "captions" and "images" in the forums and didn't see anything, so I hope this isn't a repeat.
    1. When I click the caption icon on a photo, instead of opening a caption box where I can immediately type, it inserts a default caption that says "Enter a caption". This seems like a silly time waster
    2. When I want to paste a caption in, I highlight the original caption and then press ctrl+v, and it deletes the original, but deposits the pasted text outside of the caption box, so that I have to go back and delete the paragraph space to get it into the box
    3. If I want to move a captioned image, the best option is to copy and paste because of the way the editor is zoomed. The image and text are copied together, but when I paste them, they are pasted as image and text, and not as a captioned image (so I have to press the caption button again and then backspace the text into the box).

    I know these are small things, but they're disruptive and it seems like they could be pretty easily fixed.

    The blog I need help with is 360bybike.org.

  2. Two more things:

    1. A double click over a caption highlights the whole thing, so there's no efficient way to highlight one word to delete. Normally a triple click would highlight a paragraph, and I don't see why that wouldn't be the case with captions.
    2. When editing a post without internet, the piece jumps to the top of the page every little bit to tell you that the saving of the draft has failed. I think just putting that red bar at the top of the editing page and allowing me to keep my focus on the content I'm editing (maybe having it flash every time it tried and fails to save) would be reminder enough. I'm a traveler (like many people using wordpress, I'm sure), and am frequently without consistent internet. The reminder this diversion from my workflow brings is in no way worth the distraction to me.

  3. One more thing:
    When I press "enter while my cursor is within a caption, it inserts a line after the caption box, instead of making two paragraphs within the caption (which wouldn't be great) or moving all the text after the cursor onto the lines following the caption box (which would make a whole lot of sense)

    Pleeease fix this system, wordpress engineers!

  4. Hi there,

    1. When I click the caption icon on a photo, instead of opening a caption box where I can immediately type, it inserts a default caption that says "Enter a caption"

    I don't understand why you feel this wastes time. Yes, it inserts the default caption, but that caption is already highlighted, so you can just start typing. You don't need to click on it first.

    Also, when you click the Add Media button and select an image, there's an Edit button at the bottom. That will open a screen where you can set the size of the image and add a caption before adding the image in the post.

    2. When I want to paste a caption in, I highlight the original caption and then press ctrl+v, and it deletes the original, but deposits the pasted text outside of the caption box, so that I have to go back and delete the paragraph space to get it into the box

    This is a known bug and is on our list to be fixed.

    3. If I want to move a captioned image...The image and text are copied together, but when I paste them, they are pasted as image and text, and not as a captioned image

    This is also a known problem, and not at all easy to fix. This is something we'll need to look at in the next version of the editor, as it will require significant changes to the code that controls images in posts.

    For now the best option is to switch to the HTML editor and copy-paste the code representing the image and caption there.

    1. A double click over a caption highlights the whole thing, so there's no efficient way to highlight one word to delete. Normally a triple click would highlight a paragraph, and I don't see why that wouldn't be the case with captions.

    I've confirmed this and filed a bug report for it, as I agree it shouldn't work that way.

    2. When editing a post without internet, the piece jumps to the top of the page every little bit to tell you that the saving of the draft has failed

    We don't currently support offline editing on WordPress.com, so this isn't actually a bug. You're trying to do something the editor wasn't designed to do. That is the intended behaviour if auto-save fails, which is what will happen if you're not online.

    This is something we have on the road map going forward, though. For now, if you need to work offline I suggest using a text editor instead. Then you can paste the content into a new post once your online. This will also prevent losing your work because your browser crashed without your draft being saved.

    Our mobile apps also support offline editing, so you could use that to work on content while travelling.

    When I press "enter while my cursor is within a caption, it inserts a line after the caption box, instead of making two paragraphs within the caption

    This is also a known issue and on the list to be fixed.

    For now, to have a line break in a caption, please switch to the HTML editor. Find the text of your caption and add the following where you want the line break to occur:

    <br>

    When you switch back to visual mode the caption will now have a line break.

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