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Fixed: Flare reformatting my HTML

Postby czupke on Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:25 pm

My HTML was getting frequently getting reformatted by Flare. The first image below shows how I formatted the HTML. Then when I used the XML editor, Flare would reformat my HTML to look like the lower image, which was a real problem in long, complex files.

I finally figured out how to consistently cause the problem to happen. I tested it in brand-new empty projects on my local disk and OneDrive, in both Flare 18 r2 and Flare 20.
· If my html looks like the below with the <p></p> it works fine.
· If I remove the <p></p> then the problem occurs.

In my real project file have added the <p></p> tags around all the text in my list items.  It seems to be working fine.

Caveat: text in <pre></pre> tags is still affected. Line breaks before and after the block are removed.
 
Update -- using <pre> or <h2> tags works as well as the <p></p> -- Flare wasn't handling untagged content well. And, I know, that it's sloppy to not tag all my content. It's an inherited project.
=============================================
Properly formatted HTML
=============================================

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<html xmlns:MadCap="http://www.madcapsoftware.com/Schemas/MadCap.xsd">
    <head>
    </head>
    <body>
        <h1>nested-ordered-lists</h1>
        <p>Outside the nested ordered lists.</p>
        <ol>
            <li>
               <p>Before inner ordered list.</p>
                <ol>
                    <li>Inside the nested ordered lists.
                   </li>
                </ol>
            </li>
        </ol>
    </body>
</html>
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=============================================
Reformatted HTML
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<html xmlns:MadCap="http://www.madcapsoftware.com/Schemas/MadCap.xsd">
<head>
</head>
<body>
<h1>nested-ordered-lists</h1>
<p>Outside the nested ordered lists.</p>
<ol>
<li>
Before inner ordered lists.
<ol><li>Inside the nested ordered lists.
</li></ol></li>
</ol>
</body>
</html>
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Re: Fixed: Flare reformatting my HTML

Postby Chicago_HPT on Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:47 am

I'm unclear what the problem is, other than cleaner-looking tabbing. If I understood you correctly, you said the problem happens when there are no <p></p> tags around content in the <li></li> tags? If so, that makes sense.

Both <p> and <li> are block-level tags, meaning that <li> is a kind of specialized paragraph formatted as a listed item (bullets, numbers, what have you). For example,
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<p>I'm a stand-alone line of text.</p>

and
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<li>I'm a stand alone line of text -- in a list.</li>

are both valid HTML. Or am I misunderstanding?

The main advantage (that I know of) to using nested paragraphs, like this
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<li><p>I'm a stand-alone line of text in a list.</p></li>

is that you can include other paragraphs, <p></p>, nested in the <li> and they will align properly, without the list item (or advancing list numbers), under the initial text of that numbered or bulleted item. Also, you can format <p> tags separately from <li> tags, if desired.
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Re: Fixed: Flare reformatting my HTML

Postby czupke on Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:35 pm

You are correct; they are both valid HTML. The sample I showed was very simple and I copied and pasted it into here, but my RL HTML has large complex nested lists that include dropdowns and tables. When those lists elements were run together, one after the other with no line breaks, it gets very hard to read. It would end up looking something like this:

<ul><li>asdasd</li><li>slkdlsjdf<ul><li>askldjflajsdf><ol><li>lskdjfjdks</li><li>lksjdflkdjsf</li></ol></li><li>lksjdfld</li></ul></li></ul>

My nicely formatted 100 lines of HTML would end up 35 lines looking like that.
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