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27 July 2012


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Chances are you are copying said text out of Outlook on Windows. Outlook can't "soft wrap" text appropriately. When it receives a plain text email, it formats (wraps) it for viewing by inserting hard line breaks (typewriter "carriage returns") into the text. When you copy/paste these line breaks into your browser's text field, Typepad dutifully soft wraps your sentences, but breaks where the invisible line breaks are.

There are other potential causes, but this one's the most likely..



What should I do? pl

Medicine Man

You could try pasting the text from Outlook into Word first; then from Word into Typepad. Older versions of Word have a Paste Special option under the edit menu that allows you to insert the contents of your clipboard with all the formatting stripped (unformatted text). I did a quick test and can confirm that this strips out the carriage returns.


For Outlook 2010:
Open Outlook.
On the File tab, click Options.
In the Options dialog, click Mail.
In the Message format section, enable the Remove extra line breaks in plain text messages check box.
Click OK.

For Outlook 2007 or earlier versions:
Open Outlook.
On the Tools menu, click Options.
On the Preferences tab, click the E-mail Options button.
Click to enable the Remove extra line breaks in plain text messages check box.
Click OK two times.

If Outlook already had these checked, then we'll move to the next cause. What web browser do you use?


Perhaps before pasting the text on typepad paste it on notepad, then in the format menu remove the automatic line breaks, then copy the resulting text into typepad.



response from Typepad.

"Hi there,

Thanks for your note. If you're pasting into the Rich Text window from another Rich Text application like Word, it will transfer incompatible coding which can frequently cause the formatting to be malformed. If you'd like to paste from Word, you'll need to do so into the Edit HTML tab instead - then you can switch to Rich Text and format your post.
Alternately, first paste into a *plain text* application, and then paste into the Rich Text tab and format your text. That was, the incompatible formatting won't be carried over.

We hope this is helpful! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Melanie" pl



With all the angst that text mutilation can cause on one one's nerves, just thought that you and your viewing public might enjoy just a wee bit of relaxation and a smattering of both visual and aural beauty. Enjoy this moment of relaxation:
Inner Mongolia Song - Qinghai Lake


Thanks for the link, J, that was very beautiful. My first contact with (inner) Mongolian music (though sung in Mandarin) was with the now well known Teng Ge Er. He was less known then and even more powerful.

Some suggestions.

The famous vibrato of tibetan singer Soinam Wangmo singing Tian Lu. In the beautiful and simple lyrics one almost cannot see the politics of tibetan occupation mingling with chinese engineering pride but they are all there. Even then it is a very beautiful rendering of a song that is a fine representative of the musicality of the Mandarin dialect.

If one would rather hear something more suave (and part of the cultural attrition between Taiwan and the Mainland) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcxencvhIhY
or the version of the unforgetable Deng Li Jun (Teresa Teng) for the same song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_tD-prRo7E

A very young Kozai Kaori singing Mugon Zaka. To me this was and still is the best rendering of that song. And she was my favourite Enka singer, before retiring.

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