[pmwiki-users] Preformatted Text and Paragraph Indent

Tegan Dowling tmdowling at gmail.com
Wed Oct 18 23:05:04 CDT 2006

On 10/18/06, Chris Cox <ccox at airmail.net> wrote:
> Tegan Dowling wrote:
> > On 10/18/06, Chris Cox <ccox at airmail.net> wrote:
> >> Tegan Dowling wrote:
> >>> On 10/18/06, The Editor <editor at fast.st> wrote:
> >>>> On 10/18/06, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> >>>>> On Sun, Oct 15, 2006 at 05:45:23PM -0400, The Editor wrote:
> >>>>>> One thing that has irked me for a while is users that accidently leave
> >>>>>> a space at the beginning of a line and then write a long paragraph,
> >>>>>> messing up my display.  Is there some way to disable it?
> >>>>> At present, no, but I know it needs to be possible.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> But I also need to ask:  When you ask if there's some way to
> >>>>> "disable it", are you asking to entirely disable the
> >>>>> "leading spaces produce preformatted text" rule in PmWiki?
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Pm
> >>>> Yes.  I don't use it for anything.  Don't need it.  Could get rid of
> >>>> it completely.
> >>> Ditto (just as a datum for you); this has never been anything but a
> >>> problem to me or to anyone using any of our 40+ installed instances of
> >>> the software.  I would disable it in a heartbeat and never look back
> >>> -- being able to make this go away would get me one step closer to
> >>> telling the truth about how user-friendly and undemanding the wiki is
> >>> for a non-programming author.
> >>>
> >>> Jewelers, politicians, writers, community arts organizations and
> >>> environmental awareness groups never, ever need the leading-space=pre
> >>> feature.
> >> But I need it.  I use it.  I love it.
> >>
> >> .... so there...
> >> :-P
> >
> > Yeah, I figured it had to be there for a reason.  :-P
> >
> > But it's there for a reason that just plain never pertains to me and
> > mine.  So having the option to get rid of it -- **as an option** would
> > be great.
> Which is the nice thing about PmWiki... very customizable.  Just have
> to be careful about changing the default behavior... otherwise it
> ceases to be the default.

Agreed, without hesitation, on both scores!

Erm.  I think that I think that.

Is making it an option to do away with the leading-space=pre rule
somehow in violation of this principle?

I do recognize this would mean that some of the documentation would
need to be revised, similarly to the way in which characteristics of
WikiWords/CamelCase went from being always true to being "in some
installations" true.

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