Incorrect formatting

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  • #2388594

    martinp1
    Member

    When I write a draft I can format my blog post OK, but when I hit ‘review’ I find that the text is all over the place. I put photos in my posts but I find that the text is nowhere near the photos it refers to.

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

    #2388779

    thatrobyn
    Member

    Hi Martin,

    Do you happen to paste your text in from Microsoft Word, or another word processing software?

    If so, please paste it into your HTML tab, rather than the Visual tab. Then, return to the Visual tab to add your images and do any extra formatting you’d like.

    Give that a try and let me know how that works out for you.

    To neaten up your images, you might opt for a gallery:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/

    You can also adjust your image’s alignment settings, so the text wraps around the images in the manner you wish:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/images/image-alignment/

    I hope this helps! If you have any other concerns, drop me a note. Thanks much!

    #2388819

    martinp1
    Member

    Hello, Thank you for that. Firstly, I type directly into the post I’m preparing as a draft. I didn’t have much of an issue with the old-style draft format but this new one is the one that gives me the problems. Secondly, I don’t want a gallery. I want the photos to fit into the text so thank you for the advice on alignment. I’ll try that when I prepare my next post.
    While I’m at it, in the old draft format, I had the option to send to someone to review it but I can’t find any way of doing that with the new format. Can you help me there?
    Kind regards, Martin

    #2388846

    thatrobyn
    Member

    Hey Martin!

    If you prefer the older editing format — and would like to use it, you can click the link below:
    https://martinsfrenchblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php

    If you use this classic version of the editor, you can also use the Request Feedback function. It isn’t available in the new editor.

    Does that help out a bit more?

    #2388849

    martinp1
    Member

    Thank you!

    #2389015

    martinp1
    Member

    Hello, I’ve only just posted my latest update to my blog, hence the time lag. I am still having problems with formatting my post to include images. If you look at my latest post dated 02Jun15 in martinstfrenchblog.wordpress.com and scroll to the bottom you will see that there is a big gap between two sets of two photos. I had them perfectly arranged in draft mode but in both preview and published format they are separated. I can neither explain nor solve that problem. Please help! Regards, martin

    #2389016

    thatrobyn
    Member

    Hey Martin,

    You had a mass of extraneous line breaks in between your images. I’ve removed those for you. I hope it looks better now. Feel free to keep tweaking this on your own.

    If you don’t want to use galleries or tables to even-out your embedded media, you are going to have to experiment with the manual line spacing for your posts in the future.

    Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you.

    #2389017

    martinp1
    Member

    Thanks, Robyn. A couple of points. I don’t want thumbnails in any gallery, I want the next size up but the page on creating galleries only seems to talk about thumbnails. Also, if I create a gallery does that affect other photos I’ve already put into the text? Lastly, I had no idea that there were extraneous line breaks in there. It all looked good in the draft. There appears no way to know they are there other than by trial and error and how can I take them out when they are not apparent in the draft format?

    #2389018

    martinp1
    Member

    PS…Forgot to add, thanks for sorting out my photos in my post!

    #2389019

    thatrobyn
    Member

    Hey Martin,

    I had no idea that there were extraneous line breaks in there. It all looked good in the draft. There appears no way to know they are there other than by trial and error and how can I take them out when they are not apparent in the draft format?

    One place you can look for extraneous line breaks is in the HTML tab (or Text tab, in the classic editor). Look for several tags in a row like this:  . Remove a couple, click to preview your post, and see if you can remove even more. If you’d like to see what I deleted, you can click the link below:
    https://martinsfrenchblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/revision.php?revision=1294
    Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see (in pink) what the original post contained, versus the version I edited/saved for you.

    I don’t want thumbnails in any gallery, I want the next size up but the page on creating galleries only seems to talk about thumbnails.

    The size of the thumbnail is dependent on your theme, by the way. Some aren’t as small as you’d expect. You might also like the mosaic layout, which would layout your images in an attractive way. Still, you definitely don’t need to use a gallery! I don’t want to force that on you :)

    The issue you’re having, as far as I can see, is that image alignment works best when you place the image and allow text to wrap around it. That looks lovely on your site. However, those settings won’t work as well when you’re placing images next to each other.

    Also, if I create a gallery does that affect other photos I’ve already put into the text?

    Nope! You can add a gallery anywhere in your post/page, and it will not impact the individual images you’ve placed within the content earlier/later on.

    Hope this helps :)

    #2389022

    martinp1
    Member

    Thank you, again, Robyn. You have been most helpful. I wonder if I may raise a separate issue or do I have to start again?
    I want to have my blog published in book form and have written to numerous literary agents in Britain as well as to one publisher. The publisher has replied that they won’t read my blog online but want a certain number of chapters in .pdf or in Word Document format either online or in hard copy. I have saved the blog in .pdf format but again it doesn’t always format properly. For example, the title of the post I made on 14May “La Couloir de la Mort” finds itself up in the last 4 photos I posted in my latest post on 02Jun. I don’t know how to sort that out.
    You say “the issue you are having…” Well the issue I think i have is that I don’t really understand all the technology! So anything you can suggest so I can produce a .pdf or a Word Document that I can submit that looks the part, I would appreciate!

    #2389037

    thatrobyn
    Member

    Hey Martin!

    Congrats about reaching that publisher and getting interest in your writing!

    My suggestion to you is to use one of these online services to convert your blog to a book for submission for a prospective publishing deal:

    I’m sure there are other services, but these are the ones I know our users have liked in the past!

    That should do the trick. Since you cannot download your content as a PDF, this blog-to-book option will be the simplest.

    Cheers! :)

    #2389105

    martinp1
    Member

    Hello again, Robyn. I’m sorry to take so long in getting back to you but I had not published a post for over a month. Thanks to your help I believe I have now solved all my issues. I was able to post photos in and around text and to include a gallery successfully in my latest post. Thanks again!
    Martin

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