Thank You Fellow Bloggers

On Sunday, in this post, I asked a question to the WordPress blogging community about how to create single-spaced text within the paragraph block in the block editor instead of having to use the verse block. A number of you offered suggestions.

Some suggestions could work on a Windows computer with a full-sized, physical keyboard, but not on the virtual keypad of an iPhone. Others suggested going into the HTML and making changes using the <br> tag, which inserts a single line break. And still others suggested using an external text editor to draft the text that I wanted to single space and then cut and paste it into the paragraph block.

Well, I ended up going with the external text editor, writing my seven-line “poem,” and copying the text into the paragraph block. And here’s what I got:

This is a test
Of some HTML code
Within the paragraph block
To see if it permits
Me to single space
Without using the
Verse block

Woo hoo! That is exactly what I wanted to do. Yay!

So I want to offer a huge thank you to those of you who took the time to respond to my post and to offer help. I am now more determined than ever to master this block editor because I can’t imagine blogging anywhere other than on WordPress because of all of you. You are the most generous, supportive, encouraging, helpful, and most sincere community of bloggers there is. Thank you for being who you are.

And for those of you who are interested in this sort of thing, here is what the HTML view looks like for the six lines of single-spaced, center-justified text.

Block Editor Help

WordPress automatically inserts a blank line after you hit Return. I guess hitting Return to WordPress means you want to start a new paragraph and thus the app adds a blank line.

In the good old days of the classic editor, if I wanted to eliminate that blank line, say if I was writing what could only loosely be described as a poem, all I needed to do was switch to HTML mode in the app on my iPhone and delete the line between the sentences, thus achieving single-spacing in my published post. Easy peasy.

But since WordPress “decommissioned” the classic editor on its iOS app for the iPhone, the HTML code generated is a lot more complicated than it was in the classic editor. Each time you hit Return, the app creates a new paragraph block.

Here’s the poem as it appears using the paragraph block and hitting Return at the end of each line.

This a test

To see if I can figure out

How to single-space a line of text

Using the block editor

On my iPhone

Without having to use

The verse block.

Using the old Text tab in the classic editor on my laptop, here’s what the HTML looks like…

And to remove the extra line between sentences, all I needed to do was delete the spaces, so the updated HTML code look like this…

But the HTML code for this seven line “poem” above, using the paragraph block in the block editor on my iPhone looks like this…

Yikes! WTF?

So now, the only way I can figure out how to get my text to show single-spaced is by using the verse block, which looks like this…

This is a test
To see if I can figure out
How to single-space a line of text
Using the block editor
On my iPhone
Without having to use
The verse block.

Using the verse block is not terrible, but I prefer to look when I just have the lines of text appear in the body of the post and not inside a shaded block.

So here’s my question for you tech-savvy bloggers out there. If you are an iPhone user and you are using the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone, do you know how to single space your text after each Return without having to use the verse block?

Or am I SOL in the brave new world of the block editor?