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 Post subject: Re: Problems
PostPosted: 30 Jun 2011, 00:28 
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No it's still not working for me. :banghead: :cry: Have tried filling in all fields/ just the required ones and it's still throwing up the same error msg as earlier.

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 Post subject: Re: Problems
PostPosted: 30 Jun 2011, 06:34 
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OK. Next experiment: can you email me the file with your story in, and the story details, and your SDL account details (might want to change the password to something random for the duration) and I'll try it and see if I can reproduce the problem and fix it.

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PostPosted: 30 Jun 2011, 16:52 
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Will do. Thanks for trying to sort it. It was driving me loopy last night and even the vino wasn't helping...though maybe the vino was the reason I couldn't do it. :lol:

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I had exactly the same problem - and even now can only post with the mini MCE disabled in my preferences - not just under the text box for the story - which means I can't do formatting or bold/italic etc :(

Which version of Word are you using, Sugar? Am wondering if it's a problem with copying from a docx rather than a doc??

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 Post subject: Re: Problems
PostPosted: 30 Jun 2011, 17:46 
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abbey, I use Office 2010 so docx but the document I was copying from was a doc as it was a drabble written in Office 2003. I'm hoping Liss will be able to sort it because my drabbles certainly need formatting.

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PostPosted: 30 Jun 2011, 18:35 
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abbeybufo wrote:
I had exactly the same problem - and even now can only post with the mini MCE disabled in my preferences - not just under the text box for the story - which means I can't do formatting or bold/italic etc :(

You can have formatting, you just have to do it manually using html tags (basically <B></B> for bold and <I></I> for italics).

Sugar, have managed to add a bit of your story, so just trying to figure out what the problem is.

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PostPosted: 30 Jun 2011, 19:50 
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I had exactly the same problem - and even now can only post with the mini MCE disabled in my preferences - not just under the text box for the story - which means I can't do formatting or bold/italic etc :(

You can have formatting, you just have to do it manually using html tags (basically <B></B> for bold and <I></I> for italics).


I did try that when I first started putting stuff up, but it didn't seem to work then - when I do my next instalment I'll see if it works then - thanks :)

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PostPosted: 03 Jul 2011, 21:38 
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Can anyone advise me how to stop the gap appearing between each line of a poem when posting a drabble in SDL? It obviously thinks each line is a new paragraph but it all looks rather silly. Help! :banghead:

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Can anyone advise me how to stop the gap appearing between each line of a poem when posting a drabble in SDL? It obviously thinks each line is a new paragraph but it all looks rather silly. Help! :banghead:


If you put <blockquote> at the beginning and </blockquote> at the end it seems to work for me

[very happy as all the formatting on SDL seems to be working for me now, after a shaky start :D ]

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 Post subject: Re: Problems
PostPosted: 03 Jul 2011, 22:25 
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abbeybufo wrote:
MaryR wrote:
Can anyone advise me how to stop the gap appearing between each line of a poem when posting a drabble in SDL? It obviously thinks each line is a new paragraph but it all looks rather silly. Help! :banghead:


If you put <blockquote> at the beginning and </blockquote> at the end it seems to work for me

[very happy as all the formatting on SDL seems to be working for me now, after a shaky start :D ]

Thanks, Ruth, I'll try that, though knowing my luck with the posting, at the moment, I shan't hold my breath. It took me over an hour this evening, and two deletions, before I got it rght. Those pesky gaps in my doc don't help! Have to be closed up before I can do anything else. :bawling:

Is there any reason that, when I try to edit, the gaps just get bigger when posted and so I need to start all over again? :help:

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 Post subject: Re: Problems
PostPosted: 03 Jul 2011, 22:32 
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Mary if you're posting straight from a Word Document to the SDL and getting weird formatting, I'd suggest a quick fix is to copy and paste into a basic text program (like Notepad) and then copying and pasting from there. It will mean that any other formatting you have, such as italics, will need to be re-done, but I find Word does very odd things to my paragraphing.

I've also had problems with spaces getting wider and wider in each edit, and it seems to be an HTML thing which may need fiddling with. Basically, there are two ways to form paragraphs. One is to use the <p></p> tags around each paragraph, which automatically spaces them out. The other is to use to <br /> tags at the end of each paragraph, which is basically equivalent to hitting the enter button twice. So your writing would look like:

<p>"Jolly good show!" cried Jo.</p>

or

"Jolly good show!" cried Jo.<br /><br />

SDL seems to tend towards automatically using <p> tags, but sometimes adds extra ones when I've been editing stories, hence the widening gaps...

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 Post subject: Re: Problems
PostPosted: 04 Jul 2011, 17:07 
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Thanks for the help, Nightwing. I'm sorry I didn't reply before this but I had gone by the time you added your post and this is the first chance I've had today. The thing is that I am almost completely computer illiterate and have no idea what a basic text programme is. MHE did try to help me go via Open office but in the end that didn't work either - again due to that gap which occurs on SDL with every paragraph. Open office had two gaps and I just couldn't get rid of them.

So, like lots of other people, I am reduced to pasting from Word - which worked brilliantly on the board. :roll: The paragraphs are no bother, as it is easy to indent them all at once, and then I just manually get rid of each gap in the chapter I'm working on. But all this takes time, and time is what I am short of, and I've almost got to the stage of wanting to quit. :cry:

What I do need is help with making the gaps in the poems join up. I just can't see why they separate since I haven't indented, and it is very frustrating. I'll try Ruth's idea when I next post a poem in ND. If I do.....

Thanks for your help, both of you. It is appreciated.

Edited to add that AnneM has pointed me in the direction of Notepad - although I'm not quite sure what I do with it. Thanks, Anne. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Problems
PostPosted: 04 Jul 2011, 19:20 
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I was just going to mention Notepad. If you copy and paste something into Notepad it clears the previous formatting. Then you can copy and paste it back again whereever you want it to go. But you might have to still fiddle a bit to get line breaks....the spacing should have gone though

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 Post subject: Re: Problems
PostPosted: 04 Jul 2011, 19:39 
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I tried a bit using Notepad and previewed it on SDL, using Ruth's suggestion for the poems, but it didn't get rid of the spacing, cestina, and I had to switch off the mce thing because, if I kept it on, Ruth's symbols appeared in the posted text. :shock: The trouble is, the text stretches right out beyond the edge of the page which makes it hard to correct on Notepad, so will have to make sure it's all done and dusted before pasting there. Nothing is easy, is it? :D But then, who ever said it was going to be?

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Mary, if you hit the Format button in Notepad you'll see the option called 'Word Wrap' choosing that should reformat the text so that the lines fit the page.

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MaryR wrote:
I tried a bit using Notepad and previewed it on SDL, using Ruth's suggestion for the poems, but it didn't get rid of the spacing, cestina, and I had to switch off the mce thing because, if I kept it on, Ruth's symbols appeared in the posted text. :shock:

Use Notepad, but don't add any coding or anything. Just copy the basic text of your drabble into Notepad, then copy again and paste into the SDL story box.

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The trouble is, the text stretches right out beyond the edge of the page which makes it hard to correct on Notepad, so will have to make sure it's all done and dusted before pasting there. Nothing is easy, is it? :D But then, who ever said it was going to be?

In Notepad, go to Format > Word Wrap, and that will automatically make long lines start a new line.

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Use Notepad, but don't add any coding or anything. Just copy the basic text of your drabble into Notepad, then copy again and paste into the SDL story box.
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Just tried it, Liss, and all my formatting disappeared. *gulp* It's odd because when I tried it earlier, it didn't. But I've just tried again and the formatting went away again.

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MaryR wrote:
Liss wrote:
Use Notepad, but don't add any coding or anything. Just copy the basic text of your drabble into Notepad, then copy again and paste into the SDL story box.
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Just tried it, Liss, and all my formatting disappeared. *gulp* It's odd because when I tried it earlier, it didn't. But I've just tried again and the formatting went away again.

Yes. It will take away the formatting. You then have to add it in again. But it should solve the spacing issue.

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MaryR wrote:
Liss wrote:
Use Notepad, but don't add any coding or anything. Just copy the basic text of your drabble into Notepad, then copy again and paste into the SDL story box.
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Just tried it, Liss, and all my formatting disappeared. *gulp* It's odd because when I tried it earlier, it didn't. But I've just tried again and the formatting went away again.

Yes. It will take away the formatting. You then have to add it in again. But it should solve the spacing issue.

I think I've given up, Liss, and shall continue to do it the way I've been doing it, in Word, adding indents each time (which is easy) and then closing the gap, which is slow as I have to do it paragraph by paragraph. But at least this way, touch wood, I am keeping the italics. Can't do poetry, though, unless I leave the symbols in, but that's a small price to pay. I've just added a chapter that way, although I did have to delete and paste again. Agh!

I know, call me stupid. :help: :hiding:

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Sorry, this is a really stupid question but I've clearly done something wrong and I'd like to narrow down exactly what it is! :lol: When you click "Preview", should you be able to see all of the text that you've just posted? And if all looks reasonable, should you then just click "Add a story" to publish it?

Like I said, I've clearly done something wrong anyway because at present all I can see is the summary section that you look at before going into the full story and if I click on the hyperlink to take me to the story text, I get the validation message that I think Kathy_S was talking about before. Also it says "Word Count: 0" so I think I might just need to start again! :wink:

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