Thanks for you insight into this.
This cropped up when I composed and email in Thunderbird and then pasted
it into MS Word.
This replaced all the paragraph codes with the line break code.
If I first paste into NT then copy and paste from NT into Word, this
does not happen. But, of coarse I lose any styling or hyperlinks by
You point about what a paragraph is I had not really thought much about.
I just do what I think is appropriate, but I will think more about what
a paragraph actually is and start thinking more about using line breaks
On 7/18/2012 11:45 AM, Greg Chapman wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> On 18 Jul 12 14:55 Mike Breiding - Morgantown WV
> <mike@... <mailto:mike%40WildWonderfulWV.us>> said:
> > > I think it's for the 'Enter' key on the computer.
> > > Probably means new line or carriage return?
> There's no OR about it! The difference in paragraph and line end
> symbols is highly significant!
> For reasons lost in word processing history, unlike a typewriter, the
> default action of a word processor when hitting the carriage return
> key is the insert an "end of paragraph" code into a document.
> Paragraphs are a vitally important concept within word processing (or
> web design) because they can be styled as a distinct block of text.
> It is a huge disadvantage to the modern word processor operator that
> to help old fashioned typists, when word processors were first
> introduced, that the default setting for paragraph styling in word
> processors is to have no line space above. This allowed typists to do
> their traditional thing and hit the carriage return twice when they
> wanted a new paragraph.
> For the modern user this has the major disadvantage that it leaves an
> empty paragraph following every paragraph. (In some ways it was an
> understandable decision when only daisy wheel printers were available
> and playing with fonts, font-size and other features of the modern
> word processor didn't exist.) The bent arrow symbol is indeed an "end
> of line" mark as distinct from an "end of paragraph" and it is a very
> useful feature.
> For example, when constructing a letterhead, you might want the
> address to be styled as a single block of text, instead of five or six
> separate paragraphs. Hitting SHIFT-CR on any modern word processor
> will insert a new line code and allows the block of text to be treated
> as a single paragraph - which it surely is, in any semantic sense.
> There's one other (these days, standard) keystroke that is equally
> vital for any word processor operator to know and that is CTRL-CR
> which inserts an "end of page" code in the document.
> NoteTab does recognise the CTRL-CR keystroke to insert an "end of
> page" mark, but paragraphs are an alien concept to a text editor, so
> it only only inserts "end of line" codes when you hit the CR key (the
> same as it does when hitting SHIFT-CR).