How Do I Make the Listing Stay Straight?

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I have entered a listing of events but I do not know how to make them stay in order after saving.   How do I tell the program not to recombine the information into normal sentences this time?  Sam
asked in WikiTree Help by Sam Land G2G2 (2.9k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith
Nice bio Sam
Hi, Sam --

To add to the great advice you've already gotten, here's our Editing Tips help page:

I hope you have fun playing around with some of the other nifty formatting techniques. :-)

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If you only enter 1 "ENTER", it normally starts you one a new line, but in wiki code, what is called "white space" is automatically removed.  This is why 1 line only shows on the edit page but not on the view page.  If you use the code:  <br />   you will get a new line on the view page.

When you allow a blank line (by pressing the "ENTER" key twice) it will show on the view page, but this skips a line, which you may not want to do.

If you use a wiki code indent character (putting a colon as the first character on a line) then you will get a new line, but this indents the line, which - again - you may not want to do.
answered by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (545k points)
selected by Maggie N.
To generate a new paragraph, it's best to hit ENTER twice instead of inserting the <br/> code.

For lists, if you put an asterisk (*) at the beginning of the line, it will create an indented entry that starts with a bullet. And a # at the beginning of each line will generate a numbered list.
Yes, I agree, Ellen, to use the "ENTER" key twice in order to skip a line between paragraphs is easiest and best, although you could do the same thing with the break code twice (<br /><br />).

The asterisk and number symbol, when used as the first character on a line, will indent and bullet or sequential number at the start, and will also continue the indent if the item is long enough to wrap to a new line.  The colon, though, just gives you the indent, without bullets or numbers.

All three of these start on the next line, without skipping a line in between.  The only way to force a new line without skipping a line and without indenting, is to use one <br />.
Thanks to all of you.  This is exactly what I needed.  Sam
Gaile: To the extent possible, WikiTree tries to stick with wiki-markup for formatting instead of using HTML codes like </br>. Goodness knows that wiki-markup is confusing enough for many members -- let's not confront them with other format unless it's necessary!
Thank you for a great answer but I now need to know how to indent a paragraph first line.  Can you tell me the code?  Sam

Sam, you can use the space entity to add what is called a "hard space".  Entities start with the ampersand (&), followed by a few letters (that usually suggest the name of the character), and end with a semi-colon (;).  There are several websites that have lists of all the entity codes - one is  The code for space is:  &nbsp; (I think of the nbsp as non-breaking space).  Use as many times as you want spaces - example:

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Start after 3 space indent.

In general, the style here does not call for indenting the first line of a paragraph.
Ellen, I have no idea of the context where Sam wants to indent the first line of a paragraph.  I just answered his question of how to do it and, since he did not ask for an opinion on the desirability of doing it, I did not offer one - the last thing I want to do is act as some sort of style police.  I don't believe the WikiTree Style Guide specifies anything about whether paragraphs should be indented.  Even if it does, I can think of instances where an indent is desirable (i.e., in a quotation where the goal is to format the quotation as close to its appearance in the original document as possible).

Also <br />, as well as entity codes are included in the officially recommended codes for use in WikiTree profiles.  I agree that many members have a great deal of difficulty using codes, however that is not a reason to not provide the information to someone who requests it.
Unless I have additional information, I often enter information from FindAGrave. I would like to enter it with single line spacing and I'm having a real issue.

Unless I am entering it incorrectly, the <brk /> generates an additional blank line.

Is using the : colon for indentation is my only other option?

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