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Bug 6322 - Line breaks in MediaWiki syntax
Line breaks in MediaWiki syntax
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Page editing (Other open bugs)
PC Windows XP
: Low minor (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-06-15 22:42 UTC by FrankSchweickert
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:56 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description FrankSchweickert 2006-06-15 22:42:26 UTC
I apologize in advance for my question, because I've read so much polemic and
flaming about this point...

I'm hosting several wikis with layman users (school teachers...) and almost all
of them struggle with single line breaks that are ignored. It is just not
intuitive for them to use empty lines or the HTML <br> when they try to
structure there sketchy notes within a given project. The best way is to tell
them to use * bullets, but this is not what you always want...

Is there no way that one includes an option for LocalSettings.php to treat
single line breaks differently?

Otherwise I'm forced to tinker with callbacks functions - but I'm actually a
layman, too.

Kind regards,
Comment 1 Filip Maljkovic [Dungodung] 2006-06-16 10:09:33 UTC
Maybe you should take a look at bug #5855 comment #6 (and others) and it might
give you some insight.
Comment 2 FrankSchweickert 2006-06-16 11:04:34 UTC
Thank you, the Poem Extension will be helpful - if I can prevent users from
messing with the <poem>-tags. And maybe, I can use that in the template for new
pages, too.

I still do not understand the historical choices as to the mediawiki syntax. It
would have been more logical to have special wiki markup to render concatenated
lines when there are line breaks in the code. 
HTML's whitespace handling is not handy a paradigm for the average wiki-user, is it?
Comment 3 Filip Maljkovic [Dungodung] 2006-06-16 11:08:42 UTC
Maybe I'm just too used to HTML markup, but the present way of dealing really
makes sense to me. Anyway, I'm INVALID-ing this, since this won't be integrated
into the software.

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