The Monday Peeve 64

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Today’s peeve is about writing poetry on my phone. Why can’t we get text single-spaced there? What is with the obsession of whoever designs code to put auto-double spacing for “enter” everywhere? It’s soooo annoying! We can do so much with technology, but a single-space “enter” option? Ooh no, can’t do it. When I write on my phone here on WP I have to go into the html and put BR everywhere I want single spacing. It’s a pain in the butt to be sure, but at least it’s possible to get rid of the extra white space, if I spend the time. But on Medium? NOPE. I contacted the help menu and was told it is impossible. Huh. We can send dudes to the moon, but no one can figure out how to create a single-space option for phone poems. It should ALWAYS be an option, imo ~ we shouldn’t even have to “shift-return” on a regular keyboard. There should be a button to click for single or double spacing throughout a piece of text, just as we can bold or italicize it. WHY IS THIS NOT A THING?

25 responses to “The Monday Peeve 64

  1. What a pain. And why do people ‘improve’ things that work? 😎

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  2. Technically, there is. But it requires just that, technology. You either have to manually insert a br tag, or get into your theme to mess with it’s css. Blech! And it requires more than just being a non tech savvy user.

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  3. I’m really impressed that you have the patience for writing poetry on your phone in the first place! I just find the screen too small to deal with. I much prefer my laptop.

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  4. It must be so irritating to do that every time

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  5. It seems like tech is being used to automatically do really simple things for us that we don’t really need help with. It should be that a return is always a single space, and if you want two spaces, then HIT IT TWO TIMES. It’s not difficult. Used to do it on typewriters all the time.

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  6. When I write poetry, which is not very often, on my iPhone using the WordPress iOS app and the classic editor and I want to eliminate the double spacing between lines, I switch from the visual editor to the html editor, but I don’t use “br” to eliminate the extra line. I just use backspace to remove the space between lines. That works when I go back to the visual editor or preview my post. You still have to use the html editor, but you don’t need the “br” code.

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  7. Uh, I don’t know the ‘keyboard’ on your phone, but I found this nifty to avoid that built in idiocy (which is true of desktop computer writing TOO)… if you get to the end of a line, Control+Shift+Enter will give you automatic ‘single’ spacing. “Course you have to do it EVERY TIME you want a new single spaced line, but it’s a lot less trouble than tearing out your hair at the roots OR trying (vainly) to fix it ‘after’ the fact. WordPress Block Editor strikes again! 😡

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  8. Agree 100 percent. It’s too much if a pain to go into the html and redo so I just gave up

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  9. I don’t get a double space, I get a new block when I use the return key on my android keyboard in WP. I guess it’s a good thing I dont write poetry.
    I get a single line in comments and texts though. Maybe it’s an Apple thing?

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    • Right. A new block looks like a double space. To make it quit doing that (on a phone), you have to go into the html, delete the paragraph code, and put break codes. Fandango says it’s easier on a browser, so I may try that. Otherwise, I just wait to finish a poem on my regular keyboard 😜

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  12. Precisely my thoughts as well. Recently I did a review of a book of poetry. I wanted to quote some of the poems and so I would have liked to use the single spacing and arrangement of the lines the same way the author did. But nope! No single spacing. I ended up posting it with the poems looking like paragraphs.

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  13. I just tested “pre-formatted block” on the app. Gives you single space – and Courier font or something. I’m sure that can be tweaked in the CSS.

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