Last modified: 2011-04-14 15:10:53 UTC
Poetry and lyrics cannot be simply entered in wikitext. The only way to do
it is by tediously adding deprecated <br /> tags after each and every line.
Adding a space at the beginning of each line is no good, because it
changes text to a monospace font.
Entering a <pre></pre> block is no good, because it changes text to a
monospace font and breaks wikitext expansions.
So it would be desirable to enter <div style="white-space:pre;"></div>,
but this is broken because line breaks in the wikitext are converted to
spaces, so all of the lines of a paragraph run together.
The solution is to preserve wikitext line breaks in the source code. This
would have no effect on display, since the web browser converts any
whitespace to a single space, except in blocks that are formatted as white-
space:pre in CSS.
Please refer to the Poem extension for a way to do this at present. I do think
it would be very sensible to leave the line breaks as-is; is there some reason
we strip them?