Impossible to Make Line Breaks in Posts

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  • #160989

    ieatmypigeon
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    Prior to this month, I never had trouble separating paragraphs in my posts but lately, even when it all looks as I’d like it to in my editing stage, as soon as I publish my words and lines all get squashed together. HTML tags do nothing. I’m not an experienced web designer by any means – I just blog. I don’t think it ought to be so hard to just make a page break – even someone like me should be able to do it. Regardless, what’s going wrong and how do I fix this? It would be nice to be able to just write and edit a post in my own blogging platform without having to cut and paste it into word to even make the changes stick … thank you for any advice!!!

    #161256

    What operating system and browser/version are you using? Just as a note, cutting and pasting from word will lead to problems typically since word puts in all sorts of weird code.

    #161258

    Have you tried
    <br>

    Example 1:

    <p>Acme Products<br />
       123 Runner Road<br />
       Coyote, Texas 76543</p>

    Example 2:
    `<p>I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.</p>
    <p>A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;</p>’

    #161259

    The code didn’t take in the second example even though it was between backticks. I’ll try again.

    <p>I think that I shall never see<br />
       A poem lovely as a tree.</p>
    <p>A tree whose hungry mouth is prest<br />
       Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;</p>

    #161260

    Or do you really mean page break?
    The end of a page of text. In word-processing systems, you can enter special codes, called hard page breaks or forced page breaks, that cause the printer to advance to the next page. Without hard page breaks, the word processor automatically begins a new page after a page has been filled (this depends on the number of lines per page). In this case, the page break is called a soft page break.

    #161313

    ieatmypigeon
    Member

    hi, folks – thanks for your input. I’m working on a MAC, using Safari. Not page breaks, thistimethisspace – I mean…

    this.

    ;)

    That’s what I can’t do on my page. I had tried using the classic <br> and < / br> tags but they didn’t do anything – only appeared as part of the squashed up text. Let me go try with the other tags but I have a suspicion they won’t work if the <br> tags don’t ….

    #161314

    ieatmypigeon,

    could you please try
    <p>&nbsp;</p>

    it works for me! :D

    #161315

    Safari is the problem as it is not fully supported by the TinyMCE editor used by wordpress. My suggestion would be to either turn off the visual rich text editor or to switch to FireFox. Switching to FF will fix other problems that you may not have run into yet. With FF you can use the visual rich text editor and you will have paragraph breaks as you wish.

    #161316

    mark
    Staff

    Which Safari?

    As I understand it we have:
    Leopard, Tiger, Tiger beta, Windows beta.
    4 versions.

    When Apple decide to not have such a wild variety of browsers then Tinymce – who code our editor – can probably start addressing any quirks.

    #161318

    timethief
    Member

    The question appears to be:

    I don’t think it ought to be so hard to just make a page break – even someone like me should be able to do it.

    However, I do not think that it’s really “a page break” that ieatmypigeon is asking about. I believe he or she is asking about line breaks and paragraph breaks. And I believe from what I read above that there is a browser issue here.

    It’s my understanding (staff are free to correct me if I’m wrong)
    that
    <br> creates a line break
    <p> paragraph</p> is a paragraph break
    <p>&nbsp;</p> creates both a paragraph break and a extra second blank line between paragraphs

    #161319

    timethief
    Member

    The question appears to be:

    I don’t think it ought to be so hard to just make a page break – even someone like me should be able to do it.

    However, I do not think that it’s really “a page break” that ieatmypigeon is asking about. I believe he or she is asking about line breaks and paragraph breaks. And I believe from what I read above that there is a browser issue here.

    It’s my understanding (staff are free to correct me if I’m wrong)
    that
    <br> creates a line break
    <p> paragraph</p> is a paragraph break
    <p>&nbsp;</p> creates both a paragraph break and a extra second blank line between paragraphs

    #161320

    ieatmypigeon
    Member

    safari! darnit. all right … i read some other posts about turning off the rich text editor but i’m not sure how to do that. and can i do firefox on a mac? do i have to download it or do something funny to get it on there? sigh. sorry for what no doubt seem to be ridiculous questions – like i said, I just blog here.

    #161321

    timethief
    Member

    Unfortunately the blockquoted text I referred to above did not appear when I posted it.

    Quoting ieatmypigeon:

    ” I don’t think it ought to be so hard to just make a page break – even someone like me should be able to do it. ”

    #161322

    timethief
    Member

    Turn it off on this page -> Your Profile and click “Update Profile” to save the change.

    #161323

    wolfieb
    Member

    @ieatmypigeon

    If you’re using Tiger with Safari 3 beta, you could uninstall it and revert back to Safari 2. That doesn’t have the same problem. Firefox works, as do Bon Echo and Camino which are both based on the Mozilla engine but “tweaked” for Mac.

    #161324

    options
    Member

    it does not matter.

    all them are powered by the WebKit — a free open-source engine, which, besides Safari, is also used as a browser platform in the Nokia S60 series browser and in the open-source Google’s Android toolkit.

    just the basic facts:

    * WebKit for Safari is the same as Gecko for Mozilla family (FF, SeaMonkey, etc).

    * Apple for Safari is the same as for profit Mozilla Corporation for Firefox browser — marketing.

    * quirks (not part of the established standards) is exactly what Trident (MSIE engine) and Gecko are using to implement in-page rich-text editing. and what webkit is not mimicking enough (I can see the only one major blocker open ticket in their bugzilla submitted by the Moxiecode Systems AB).

    * here’s browser breakdown from 115 million visits to WordPress.com:

    1. 62.46% – Internet Explorer
    2. 30.74% – Firefox
    3. 3.83% – Safari
    4. 1.78% – Opera
    5. 0.52% – Mozilla

    * I’m not a fan of Safari.

    .
    just think for yourself, think different ;-)

    #161325

    options
    Member

    sorry, unfortunately bbPress does not have a mere notion about threaded replies.

    so the post above was supposed to be a reply to Mark’s statement:

    > When Apple decide to not have such a wild variety of browsers then Tinymce – who code our editor – can probably start addressing any quirks.

    #161326

    ieatmypigeon
    Member

    my profile doesn’t say anything about rich text format … i’ve been going through every tab in my account and can’t find anything like that! i joined wordpress last March and got the Mac 2 weeks ago. I believe it’s Tiger – I tried to install Leopard and only got that famous blue screen of death so I scrapped it …

    yes, line/paragraph breaks.

    thanks so much for your help, folks …

    #161328

    options
    Member

    > my profile doesn’t say anything about rich text format … i’ve been going through every tab in my account and can’t find anything like that!

    for some strange reasons it should be somewhere at: http://ieatmypigeon.wordpress.com/wp-admin/profile.php

    #161329

    timethief
    Member

    -> Dashboard -> Users -> Your Profile
    On the right hand side of the page find the checkbox for:
    — Use the visual rich editor when writing
    and uncheck it. Then click “Update Profile”.

    And, If you cannot see this option on that Your Profile page then the solution is to use a browser that works with wordpress.

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