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  • Tara Pickles 2 posts 92 karma points
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 10:55
    Tara Pickles

    Creating a new paragraph in text

    Hello. I am working on an existing website with an Umbraco CMS. I would like to start a new paragraph in a text block but although I am adding a carriage return it is not showing on the website. How do I do this?

  • Dan Diplo 1457 posts 5619 karma points MVP 3x c-trib
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 16:11
    Dan Diplo

    I'm afraid it depends on what field type you are using and also how the developers who built the site implemented this.

    If you are using the rich-text editor (ie. an editor with icons above it that you can use to format text, make bold etc like Word) then simply hitting Enter will create a new paragraph. The rich-text editor takes care of turning newlines into the correct HTML paragraph tags.

    However, if you are using a plain-text textbox that has no formatting options then hitting Enter will just create a newline character. Now, by default in HTML, newlines are ignored - they aren't part of how an HTML document is formatted.

    So adding a carriage return in a plain text editor won't result in a paragraph - it will be ignored - which is what you are experiencing. For this to work the people who built your site will need to do one of these things:

    • Give you a rich-text editor instead
    • Convert, in code, newlines to HTML <br> tags
    • Use some CSS - white-space: pre-line - that makes HTML treat newlines as breaks
  • Tara Pickles 2 posts 92 karma points
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 16:12
    Tara Pickles

    That's great and very helpful. Many thanks Dan

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