HTML Weirdness

The good news is that it’s June 16th and WordPress has not forced me to use its Block editor that it said it was switching to as of June 1st. That’s right, I’m still able to use the Classic editor without having to jump through extraordinary hoops to do so. Yay!

But something weird is going on. I compose my posts on my iPhone at either Safari or Chrome using WordPress.com and the visual tab of the classic editor.C3CDD689-5788-4852-8629-FF7B684407A6I’ve been doing it this way since my return to blogging in May of 2017 after a two year hiatus. And it has worked perfectly.

Recently, though, there has been a fly in the ointment, so to speak. As I compose my posts, I periodically preview what I’ve written so far to see what it will look like when I publish it. I’ve noticed that for the past week or so, even though everything looks fine in the visual editor, when I preview the post, random lines show up in a much smaller, slightly lighter font than the rest of my post, as in the example below from a post I was working on yesterday.
F1A4F7B2-94E9-41BA-A861-05EC1BFF9A5AI’m not exactly an HTML expert, but I am familiar enough with it that I will occasionally go to the HTML tab to fine tune something that doesn’t quite look right when I preview my post. And that is when I see this line of HTML code inserted into my post:74D1F4EA-9EF2-4A97-8E2B-D6AA128CF1AFFor some reason that line of code is being randomly inserted into the HTML on my draft posts and it changes the way my posts look. I have to manually delete that strange line of HTML code in order to keep the fonts consistent throughout the post.

I’m not sure if this is an iPhone problem, a browser problem, or a WordPress.com problem. Or could this be a deliberate act of sabotage on the part of the WordPress happiness engineers to punish those of us who have resisted the move to the Block editor?

Is anyone else having this happen on your posts? Is there an HTML expert out there who can explain to me what causes this and how to keep it from recurring? I’d appreciate any help I can get.

Share Your World — Crime, Change, Birds, and Clothing

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and that means that Melanie has posted another edition of Share Your World. Today’s SYW questions are a rather eclectic bunch.

Is it ever okay to commit a crime? Please explain.

Okay, according to Wikipedia, “The term ‘crime’ does not, in modern criminal law, have any simple and universally accepted definition.” There are crimes that are “unlawful acts punishable by a state or other authority,” and there are those that are shameful, such as, “It’s a crime that the United States has an inept buffoon and an outright moron who thinks only of himself and lacks any degree of empathy as its president.”

Generally speaking, it’s not okay to commit a crime. That said, from a personal perspective, I am guilty of criminal behavior. Before marijuana for recreational use was legalized in my state, I used it.  I often drive above the posted speed limits on highways. I sometimes tell little white lies, either to protect myself or to spare another’s feelings (“No, sweetie, those jeans don’t make you look fat.”). But I’ve never committed a felonious crime. At least not that I know of.

Do you deal with change well? (Not money, because I know some wit out there is thinking how bulky coins are. Well I did any how. O_o )

Generally, yes, I deal well with change. But I have to say that as I’ve gotten older, I don’t embrace change solely for the sake of change. If it ain’t broke, I say, don’t fix it. I wish the folks at WordPress would spend more time fixing the things that are broke instead of rolling out “new and improved” and often totally unnecessary changes.

Do you like birds? The sound of bird song in the morning, taking pictures of them, as food?

Sure. What’s not to like about birds? They’re delicious.

What’s the least used item of clothing you own?

Now that I’m retired, it’s my suits, ties, and dress shoes.

If you care to share, what are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for waking up this morning, the day WordPress was to have retired its Classic editor in favor of the “new and improved” Block editor, and finding that the Classic editor is still there and that I could use it to create this post.

Chip Off the Old Block

Tomorrow is the day that WordPress is mandating the use of its new Block editor on its app and on WordPress.com. I really wish they wouldn’t do that. It’s putting a lot of undue stress on me.

I like the Classic editor and I see no valid reason for WordPress to abandon those of us who been around for a while. Why must they imposing this change on us? The Classic editor is not perfect, but why not leave well enough alone?

But being someone who is at least willing to give change a chance, I experimented with the new Block editor. I opened up my iPhone and clicked on where it said “Try the new Block editor.”74566D35-09A0-4B65-853A-9619E11FBB56So I did. And it seemed pretty easy. It said “Add title,” which I did. Then it said “Start writing,” which I did.3807FD3F-3C78-434B-AB06-01684B66D83FSo far so good, right? I wrote a few words and the plus sign on the right disappeared. I noticed the plus sign at the top left, so I tapped that. And this showed up, taking up my entire iPhone screen.32D7E5AC-7289-4E3A-8C02-A28F6BB4004FI didn’t know what to do so I hit the X in the upper right. Then I hit settings icon and this showed up:14FFB470-2A67-478A-A1C3-5CB87EB6D413WTF? I started tapping here, tapping there, and got totally lost. And that was the point, after an intensive 90 second effort, I frantically searched for and miraculously found the “Switch to Classic Editor” link.5589474F-DE1E-4C74-B52F-E7F99AC40F00I tapped on that and now I’m not going back to the Block editor. Ever! I guess I’m just not a chip off the old [or the new] block. Editor, that is.

Leave Well Enough Alone

What is the deal with June 1st at WordPress? Is that the first day of the new fiscal year there? It was June 1st 2018 when WordPress called a halt to its Daily Post, prompting a number of us to start our own daily word prompts in order to fill the void WordPress left.

Now, according to a post that Li, over at Tao Talk published a few days ago, as of June 1st, WordPress will be “retiring our older WordPress.com editor and transitioning to the more recent (and more powerful) WordPress block editor.”

This is not good news for me. If you don’t already know it, I blog exclusively from my iPhone. Not from a desktop computer. Not from a laptop. Not even from a tablet like an iPad. Just from my iPhone. Have any of you tried using the block editor from a smartphone? It’s not a good user experience. There isn’t enough “real estate” on a relatively small smartphone screen to make it work. At least not for me. So I have continued to use the “classic” editor.98818DF8-5454-4C7F-82CE-C2F64AC6C394My initial reaction to this news that the “classic” editor is being “retired” was to just quit blogging, at least on WordPress. But Li was kind enough to link to this post from WordPress. The good news is that the WordPress link indicates that, “You also have the choice to switch to the Classic editor.”

I hope that is, indeed, the case and that you don’t have to jump through hoops to use the “classic” editor. Because I really don’t want to leave WordPress to go to another blog hosting site or to quit blogging altogether.

Why can’t those happiness engineers at WordPress just leave well enough alone? Jeez, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Return of the WordPress Daily Prompt

323410D7-DDD3-4DDA-AD37-423EC51FBD4CWordPress is bringing back its Daily Prompt, at least for the month of April. According to this post, starting tomorrow, WordPress will be sharing daily writing prompts over at Discover throughout April.

Why is WordPress resurrecting it’s Daily Prompt? Well, because WordPress says that,

The past few weeks have been tough and painful for many of us. They also showed us that regardless of where we live or how radically our lives have changed because of COVID-19, expressing ourselves and connecting with others can help us navigate difficult times.

So, in case you missed this, I wanted to pass this on to you.