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Why is the text capsule set to paragraphs?

  1. Titia profile image94
    Titiaposted 3 years ago

    Every time I hit the enter in the text capsule, the cursor skips a line, resulting in an extra white line, like I wanted to start a new paragraph. It doesn't work that way here in the forum. When I hit the enter here, the new line is right under the line above it and when I want an extra white space I hit the enter button twice. Not so in the text capsule though.

    Very annoying when writing down a poem. The only way I can get it straight is to switch to html and remove all the  and . That's not a pleasant way to write. I tried the soft return, but that didn't help either.

    I'm a bit concerned now for when my lenses become hubs, because I wrote/used a lot of poetry in my lenses and some are written in the concrete (shaped) form, which will look like a mess I fear.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      They are set to paragraphs because HubPages is designed for prose not poetry, and they want to ensure that Hubs have a clear space between paragraphs.  Left to their own devices, some Hubbers might not do that and use indent paragraphs instead, and HubPages wants to preserve their "house" style on all Hubs.

      HubPages exists to earn money, and poetry earns very poorly, so there's no incentive for HP to offer specialised formatting for poetry.   They do have a special section for poetry and exempt it from the length requirements, though. 

      Some Hubbers use one of the Heading formats for poetry but I can't recall which one.

      I believe the forums are run on third party software.

    2. fluffanutta profile image71
      fluffanuttaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Try pressing Shift+Return or Ctrl+Return. That should give a line break without a new paragraph.

      1. Titia profile image94
        Titiaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I tried a soft return (shift+return), but it didn't work. Writing isn't about prose alone you know, there are many people who write poetry. I've done it my whole life and quite often I use my own photos to write to/about. A poem with extra line breaks looks terrible.

        Maybe HP could consider making a special capsule for poems where you have no extra line breaks and can at least center text.

        1. Writer Fox profile image58
          Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I have six Hubs with poetry and you can look at them to see how to format them on HP.  Those Hubs have received more than 150,000 views in the past year, so poetry can do quite well here

          While you cannot center a poem, you can indent the text by clicking on the quote icon in the editing capsule. Or, you can display your poem as an image graphic.

          To preserve the single-space formatting you want, compose your text in a Word document, paste it into a text capsule, and then use the pull-down menu and choose 'Preformatted.' The proper spacing should appear when you save the capsule.


          1. Titia profile image94
            Titiaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Ok, Writer Fox, thanks for showing me the ropes to display poems. That's just what I needed. Actually you made my day with your answer. smile

            1. Writer Fox profile image58
              Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Cool! cool

            2. KathyMcGraw2 profile image78
              KathyMcGraw2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

              I am very happy Titia that there was an answer that would work for you!