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Bug 9207 - Single newlines sometimes create paragraphs
Single newlines sometimes create paragraphs
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Parser (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low minor with 4 votes (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: C. Scott Ananian
: newparser
: 53043 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
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Reported: 2007-03-07 11:55 UTC by Tisza Gergő
Modified: 2014-11-18 18:07 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Tisza Gergő 2007-03-07 11:55:42 UTC
Tutorials like [[mw:Help:Formatting]] state that a single new-line will have no
effect, however, that is not always the case. Single new-lines after block-level
HTML elements might result in unnecessary <p> tags being created: while
<div>foo</div> results in just that, <div>\nfoo\n</div> will result in
<div><p>foo</p></div>. This can be very confusing because some CSS attributes of
the div tag will have no effect (they will be overwritten by <p> rules in some
CSS file). See the link for an example.
Comment 1 Tisza Gergő 2007-03-07 22:34:37 UTC
It is worse than it seemed: two line breaks *anywhere in the text* will cause a
<p> and a </p> to appear at the line breaks.

The following will appear unchanged in the rendered page:

<div>A B C</div>

This, however:


will appear in the output as


See [[hu:User:Tgr/p]] for a test case.
Comment 2 Florian 2007-07-03 12:12:24 UTC
However, it seems like


will result in

 <div>A B C</div>

It's an important bug, I wonder why there is as little activity.
Comment 3 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-07-03 21:03:58 UTC
Because 1) it's not important, it's not just rare but often unnoticeable when it occurs, and 2) mucking with our atrocity of a parser is not something anyone wants to do.
Comment 4 Florian 2007-07-03 21:43:57 UTC
1) It was important for me ;-) For the anecdote, I used to make a very simple template, who takes one or more paragraphs, and displays them with a <span> at the beginning, surrounded by a <div> :
	<div><span>foobar</span> - {{{1}}}</div>
which, with the first parameter
	A \n B \n C
results in
	<div><span>foobar</span> - A
which isn't unnoticeable at all. If I hadn't asked for help in Wikipedia-fr, I'd never know that leaving a newline after the <div> and before the </div> will fix this. In fact, it's above all surprising.
2) That's an argument, which I can easily understand ;-)
Comment 5 Mormegil 2008-12-10 14:04:51 UTC
Note: This is partially (?) a duplicate of bug #5718
Comment 6 Mark A. Hershberger 2011-04-12 16:13:28 UTC
Punting this to the new parser Brion has under development.
Comment 7 Bartosz Dziewoński 2013-08-19 15:49:43 UTC
*** Bug 53043 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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