How do you indent the first line of a paragraph (for prose, not poetry)?

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  • #1083157

    I want to post text that looks like a page from a novel where the first line of each paragraph is indented. The “Writing and formatting Poetry” support page describes how to do this for poetry, but when I tried it my text was expanded sideways and the blog displayed a sideways navigation bar.
    I tried pasting from Word, using the Word insert tool, but the indent formatting was lost.

    The blog I need help with is apenguincomestotea.com.

    #1083409

    macmanx
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    That is rather odd. http://en.support.wordpress.com/writing-and-formatting-poetry/#word-spacing should work for that too.

    Would you please try again and give us a link to the post if it still doesn’t work?

    #1083420

    I followed the instructions in the above support and my text entrynow looks like this:

    The silence ....... [text continues for six paragraphs]
    

    and the result is that a navigation bar has appeared, and there are no indents. Do I have to manually indent each line with a style command?

    The link to the page is here:
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    #1083421

    macmanx
    Staff

    Yes, in this case you have to add in the line breaks too.

    #1083424

    OK, I tried again with a style command at the start of each paragraph and an end style command at the end of each paragraph and I got the effect I wanted.
    So, does this mean there is no way to copy indents over from Word or to use a global style command that will indent each first line, and the style command I used has to be entered for each line I want indented?

    #1083430

    macmanx
    Staff

    Yes, it would have to be entered for each line.

    Word is a word processor, not an HTML editor, so a great deal of its formatting is actually proprietary and impossible for us to translate, even if you use the Paste from Word button.

    #1083431

    OK, thank you very much for your help; I have it all worked out now!

    #1083434

    macmanx
    Staff

    You’re welcome!

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