Could I solicit some feedback/suggestions/etc? It requires a little explanation, so don't feel obligated.
I'm making a fix to something very minor that I find annoying. If I copy/paste the first two paragraphs of your message, then the blank line between them disappears, like this:
In order to insert blank lines, I normally use the non-blanking space HTML entity, Otherwise, I've found the forum software to suffer from a mild form of HTML-itis in which all extra spaces and extra lines get swallowed up.
But if I copy the last two paragraphs then the blank line is present:
Otherwise, I've found the forum software to suffer from a mild form of HTML-itis in which all extra spaces and extra lines get swallowed up.
I assume that you're experimenting with settings.
The copy/paste of all browsers now works this way, where all blank lines are copy/pasted faithfully except the first one, but they didn't used to until a few years ago. I finally got tired of adding the missing blank line back in manually and decided to fix it.
This brought me back to some code I wrote nearly a couple decades ago when I made the decisions that I think you're commenting on. All triple-spacing and quadruple-spacing and so forth becomes double spacing. If you want more than that then you could use , but it would literally take me no longer than a minute to add a new code, [bl] for example, that would add a blank line. It would take me longer to add it to the doc page. You could then do [bl][bl][bl][bl][bl] to get five blank lines. This:
First line [bl] Second line
Would produce the same thing as this:
First line [bl][bl] Second line
Would produce the same thing as this, which is what you have to do now:
First line Second line
(An aside: please confirm for me that only works if you disable smilies. That is what I'm seeing.)
But there's something else. The way the reduction of multiple blank lines to double spacing is carried out means that the extra blank lines are lost in the original copy of your message. So if you entered this in your original message text before clicking Submit:
Then when you went back later to edit your message you'd instead see this:
I'm wondering if when people edit their messages if it wouldn't be better to give them back the exact original, instead of the original minus the extra blank lines.