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  1. Sakai
  2. SAK-854

WYSIWYG: Unable to paste text into textbox, no paragraph breaks



    • Type: Bug
    • Status: CLOSED
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Non-Issue
    • Affects Version/s: 1.5.0, 1.5.1, 2.0, 2.0.1, 2.1.0, 2.1.1, 2.1.2
    • Fix Version/s: None
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      Behavior varies, see description.


      Instructors expect to be able to copy text from another source, MS Word most often, and paste it into an announcement, schedule item, assignment, or discussion topic. Basically, anywhere there's the WYSIWYG.

      Students want to do this too. Especially since they like to compose offline (where they get spellcheck) and then paste into an assignment or discussion response.

      But you can't paste into a WYSIWYG text field. It just won't work. You can toggle the [<>] button to view code and then paste, but that breaks any and all formatting, including simple paragraph breaks. You then need to toggle back to WYSIWYG and re-format. This is too much to effort for what should be a simple operation:

      1-- highlight text elsewhere
      2-- copy it
      3-- paste it onto the Sakai page

      Even if all other formatting fails, the simple paragraph breaks should be maintained by simply pasting.

      For users who don't have the WYSIWYG, the simple paste appears to work, but saving drops all formatting including paragraph breaks. There is NO WAY without knowing html to get a simple paragraph break into a simple text entry field if you're using Safari or any other non-WYSIWYG compatible browser.

      In my experience, even if you add the <br> code, the paragraphs will break in email notification.

      BY THE WAY! Imagine this message without paragraph breaks. Here's an example of a text entry field that simply works when you type into it. It's WYSIWYG I can't even create this description using Safari in Sakai. And I can't create it offline anywhere and paste it in-- Sakai WYSIWYG or not.

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                  dperpich Diana Lee Perpich (Inactive)
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