Formatting a post (paragraphs)

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by megafiddle, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. megafiddle

    megafiddle Member

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    How does one get carriage returns into a post to form paragraphs? Both these sentences were entered with a couple carriage returns between them, but do not show up separated.
     
  2. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    maybe you want Ctrl-Enter?
     
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  3. megafiddle

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    Ok thanks, I will try that...Nope, didn't work
     
  4. megafiddle

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    Ok, I tried something: I looked at some text in the reply window and there were all these P's and /Ps inside of those left and right arrow symbols (HTML tags).

    So I added them in myself and wallah! It worked!

    I assume the P is for paragraph, but why am I unable to simply use a couple returns to do this? I assume everyone else is simply doing just that?
     
  5. havasu

    havasu Administrator Supporter

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    I usually only use the quick reply box, which is on the bottom right of the previous post.
     
  6. squirrelhunter

    squirrelhunter Well-Known Member

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    On the laptop I just use "enter"

    like this,but on my phone I haven't figured it out yet. :eek:
     
  7. Balota

    Balota Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    On my Droid Turbo, using the Springfield Forum app, a reply like this one is entered on a line at the bottom of the page.

    There is a green circle with the icon for Enter key on it. Hitting that button breaks to a new paragraph.

    Some phones have settings in their text messaging program that try to minimize your character count. That used to affect billing for text messages. Suppressing paragraph breaks saves 2 characters ( carriage return and line feed ) for each occurrence.
     
  8. Geezer

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    Do you hear the bell before you hit the carriage return?

    Just kiddin'. But, you do know that only us older folks know what a carriage return is?
     
  9. Balota

    Balota Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    And fewer understand why there are two characters CR and LF.
     
  10. megafiddle

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    The problem could be due to using IE8 running on XP. I am still using it because I have several programs that will not run on Windows 7.

    The newlines (carriage return / linefeed) are actually in the reply box; they are still there if I copy the text and place it in notepad, for example. So I imagine they are just getting stripped out somewhere in the process of submitting the reply.

    I assume everyone starts out with the same default settings when they start using the forum, and since no one seems to be doing anything special, I would guess that the problem lies at my end with IE8.
     
  11. pokute

    pokute Sincere as a $5 funeral

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    I had to design a text input box that would normalize input from systems with every encoding and character set that might be used anywhere in the universe... I found that a failsafe mode that passed a subset of html tags like <br> and <p> was necessary to avoid having to debug possibly unique user issues.
     
  12. Balota

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    Fun stuff parsing every character to eliminate all but a common subset. But why won't his system display it the way he enters it? Something in his system is eliminating the intended function of the Enter key. Is there a setting in his IE that does it?
     
  13. squirrelhunter

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    I sure wish you guys came with English subtitles :D .
     
  14. Balota

    Balota Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yeah, Gibbs would probably head slap both of us...