Ongoing problem of no space between paragraphs…

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  • #192690

    I’m joining other posters here afflicted with the no space between paragraphs dilemma. (I’m using the “Redoable Lite” theme.)

    I’ve read some solutions that suggest switching to plain text, to an external text editor, to editing code… but those are not, in my opinion, acceptable solutions to solving what is a very basic word processing function that has been around since I taught at IBM a hundred years ago.

    I’ll be writing to WP Support when it’s not down and asking when they are planning on fixing this, and hopefully, it will be soon.

    Apologies if this post sounds terse, but ongoing frustration is seeping through and I haven’t had enough coffee this morning…

    #192790

    I, also, continue to have the same problem, intermittently, on both my blogs. My external text editor does not work well with pictures, so more often than not, I compose directly on WordPress. This situation is quite frustrating.

    I have taken to making a little dash to force a paragraph. Looks silly, but is better than having no paragraphs.

    A fix would be wonderful. :)

    Overall, I am quick to say, however, I love WordPress. The company has been good to me.

    Shirley Buxton
    writenow.wordpress.com
    shirleybuxton.wordpress.com

    #192792

    byrningbunny
    Member

    Well, I’ve tried two different external editors, but by the time it gets to wordpress, the line breaks have been taken out. How does one fix this?!!

    #192793

    @byrningbunny, and you pasting the stuff from the external editor into the wordpress editor to publish it? That would be the only way that I can think of that the paragraph breaks would be stripped out. I’ve tried and used all the popular editors out there (WLW, Ecto, MarsEdit, BlogDesk, Qumana) and have not had any problems with any of them.

    If you actually publish your blog posts directly from the external editor, the paragraph breaks and formatting will not be stripped out.

    #192808

    isadora
    Member

    I was told by somebody who knows wordpress.com blogs well to use [shift]+[enter] to solve this problem. I didn’t try myself, but maybe it is worth trying?

    #192853

    va8eha
    Member

    I tried that – shift+enter. It didn’t work. I’ve also tried editing the code and, after I save it, it appears fine, but as soon as I publish it, the breaks are gone again. It drives me batty.

    #192864

    Get yourself an offline blog editor and save yourself the grief of dealing with the editor problems here at wordpress right now: http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2007/10/26/offline-blog-editors-reviews/

    #193063

    Ok, I agree, this is really annoying. I have had this same blog, same theme, for over a year, and I used to have no problems putting in paragraph breaks, but now no matter what I do, they don’t show up. (And yes, I’m composing right in WordPress, but that is what I expect I should be able to do in a blog).

    So is there a fix with this? Because this is a very very basic problem and if I can’t get very basic things like paragraph breaks I will certainly go somewhere else.

    And yes, I tried HTML code which didn’t work. And I am using Safari, not Firefox, because it works better on my Mac.

    #193064

    raincoaster
    Member

    Have you tried replacing the Div tags with the P tags? I advise people with this problem to let staff know directly via their Support button on the Dashboard. That has a LOT more heft to it than a post in the forum (I’ve tried both for getting a problem fixed, trust me). Meanwhile, all we can do is share workarounds.

    #193065

    If you’re using Safari, and refuse to switch browsers, turn off the visual rich text editor under users > my profile. I have yet to have that not work with Safari. At then end of a paragraph, hit return twice.

    #193069

    interregnum
    Member

    Firefox v2. Click on ‘code’ tab, remove all ‘div’ tags and enter paragraphs with the return key as if you were typing normally in visual.

    Barmy, but seems to work.

    #193076

    danielmeyer
    Member

    I’m using FireFox 2.0.0.12 for Windows and my paragraphs are getting mushed together. I’ve turned off the visual text editor in my user profile, I don’t see any ‘div’ tags in the code view for my page, I hit Enter twice between lines but they still get removed. I also tried inserting ‘p’ tags or ‘hr’ tags, to no effect.

    I tried IE7 and the paragraphs work as expected even after saving using the visual editor.

    An offline blog editor would be a more heavyweight solution for me, as that would involve going through Purchasing for permission to install…

    #193077

    @danielmeyer

    With Windows, you have Windows Live Writer and BlogDesk, both of which are free and both work extremely well with WordPress.

    #193080

    rainbow9
    Member

    I go to “code” after writing text and insert “ol” at the beginning and end of each paragraph and that seems to do the trick. “ol” (not sure what it stands for) centers your text and I think makes the posting more readable.

    #193099

    I use a some handicraft method to get spaces between paragraphs: I write dots in different paragraphs, as many as the space I want, then I click “Show advanced toolbar” in Text Editor, and I go to “Select text color”. Then I select all these dots and I click “white”. You can’t see the dots after this. So easy!

    #193100

    You shouldn’t NEED to do this though.

    #193126

    peelagrape
    Member

    This is a huge problem that basically makes WordPress useless to me.

    #193127

    @peelagrape. Think about an offline blog editor as a solution for now. There will be a big upgrade coming here at wordpress.com with an update to the editor that I have my fingers crossed will take care of all the editor problems, but of course I cannot know that for sure as I’m just a blogger like you.

    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2007/10/26/offline-blog-editors-reviews/

    If you are on Windows, I would stay away from WLW for the moment since it currently seems to be having some issues here at .com.

    #193136

    fifthdecade
    Member

    I hope they fix this soon – I am pulling my hair out along with everyone else. It wasn’t long ago that this problem did not exist. All I am doing is composing in the WordPress.com text box with Rich Text features and using the Return key twice on my keyboard to create a new paragraph with a one line space between the two paras. In every other place I have used this feature it works properly. Only on WordPress do I get problems.

    #193137

    See the post right above yours.

    No one here knows when this problem is going to go away. I expect it will go away on the next big upgrade when the user interface and everything changes and the new version of the editor comes online, but that may be a month or two down the road.

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