Paragraph Spacing Issues

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  • #14397

    CornerstoneKat
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    Any one else have trouble with the paragraph spacing as input on the edit post area matching what is actually published? I’m having trouble with extra spaces here and no spaces there when they are all supposed to be simply double spaced. Here’s my site.  I am using the Prose theme.

    #14403

    braddalton
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    Sometimes this can be caused by div tags being added which you can check in your text (HTML) editor.


    #14404

    CornerstoneKat
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    I see them, but if I delete them and save the post, they come back!

    #14407

    wendycholbi
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    Are you by any chance pasting large blocks of formatted text (with pictures etc.) from Word or some other source?

    I took a quick look at a couple of your blog posts and I see a ton of extra HTML (like span and line-break and div tags) and very strange formatting (like using an HTML table to center an image, instead of the WordPress built-in image-alignment classes). All those extra tags and tables are overriding the default paragraph spacing, and when you try to manually adjust the spacing after the fact by adding paragraph breaks or line breaks in the WordPress edit post field, it is probably making the spacing even more unbalanced.

    Manually cleaning up your in-page HTML might take longer than re-creating posts (pasting unformatted text and then using WordPress to format it and add images, or using the Paste from Word button). It depends on how much content you have.


    I love WordPress, Genesis, and the Prose child theme (my complete guide to using Prose is here: SiteSetupKit.com). Say hi on Twitter: @wendycholbi

    #14409

    CornerstoneKat
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    I am making the switch from blogger to wordpress and imported the posts from blogger….all 375+ posts.  So you are saying I have to retype it all?!  Yikes!  That’s awful!

    #14453

    braddalton
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    Which plugin are you using for this?

    There is a new plugin which i have tested and has been co developed by severals guys at Automattic.


    #14470

    wendycholbi
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    Well, the HTML formatting is there on the original blogger blog, so it imported correctly. It’s not an artifact of importing. I don’t know if the new plugin that Brad mentioned can somehow strip extra HTML, but if it could, that would make it worth it to re-import.

    But if that’s not possible and you’re stuck with extra HTML, I guess I’d say that it’s probably not worth it to spend the time to clean up everything so it’s perfect — just fix up the most recent (or most popular, or most important) few posts and then make sure formatting is working the way you want for new posts going forward. The spacing issues are probably more noticeable to you than they are to your visitors :)


    I love WordPress, Genesis, and the Prose child theme (my complete guide to using Prose is here: SiteSetupKit.com). Say hi on Twitter: @wendycholbi

    #14831

    CornerstoneKat
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    I used this plugin to import.  Brad, is there a site I can go to to review your plugin.  All I got was a download file.

    #14836

    braddalton
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    I’ve tested the plugin (not mine) on a real import and understand its in Beta but also co developed by Automattic staff.

    Here’s the tutorial i wrote.

    There’s also some content about the Core Control plugin on that page but you shouldn’t need to install it.

    There’s also a link on that post about redirecting urls from Blogger to WordPress which i tested and worked fine.

    Never suffered any formatting problems.


    #14917

    wendycholbi
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    That plugin sounds great, and it really fills a need (the importing of images).

    But if it imports the HTML in posts from Blogger, it’s not going to fix your formatting problems, Kat. All that extra HTML was already there in the Blogger posts. The only true fix is cleaning up the HTML (or somehow extracting plain text and images from Blogger, which has the same net effect). I’m sorry, because I know that’s a sucktastic amount of manual work :(


    I love WordPress, Genesis, and the Prose child theme (my complete guide to using Prose is here: SiteSetupKit.com). Say hi on Twitter: @wendycholbi

    #14931

    CornerstoneKat
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    Thanks Wendy…for the empathy.  ;)  I figured surely there was an easier way to do this since I’m not the first in the land to switch from blogger to wordpress but aw well.

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