What's a "linebreaker?"
This is intended for use with lyrics and poetry, where you may have dozens of lines and you need a <br> tag at the end of each line.
If you're doing ordinary prose, don't use this thing. For that, you should enclose each paragraph in <p> </p> tags, like so:
<p>Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. </p> <p>-- Herman Melville </p>
The E2 Paragraph Tagger does exactly that, with a few options thrown in.
It's permissible to use just the "open paragraph" tag (<p>) at the beginning of each paragraph, but don't leave that out and put a "close paragraph" tag (</p>) at the end of each paragraph; that's broken HTML and it causes formatting problems in some browsers. Note that putting a '/' at the end of the tag is not the same thing as putting it at the beginning: At the beginning (as in </p> or </i>), it means that the tag is a "close" tag; at the end (as in <br />), it signifies that the tag is an "open" tag which has no matching "close" tag. Most tags, like <p> "contain" things; <br /> is a rare exception.
Here's how it works:
First paste your writeup into the box, then click the "Add Break Tags" button down below the box. The Linebreaker will insert a <br> tag wherever you hit the "return" key in the text. Where the lines wrap around without hitting "return", that will be ignored.
If you select the "Replace indenting with <dd> tag" option, the Linebreaker will insert a <dd> tag at the beginning of every line which has been indented with one or more spaces or tabs. The <dd> tag will indent the line when you display your writeup.
- Along similar lines:
- You can E2-proof source code (and reverse the process) with the E2 Source Code Formatter.
- E2 Paragraph Tagger
- You can also format lists as HTML with the E2 List Formatter.
6/5/2001: Updated to generate XHTMLically correct <br /> tags and to harangue users about broken HTML.