Turning off visible coding in the Biography section

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Is there a way to hide the coding text in the biography section of profiles? For instance in WordPress they have a window much like the biography section window and in that window you can type and format things in there using a bar much like the one in the window I used to type this. In that window you can kind of preview what the text formatting will look like. (I know there is a preview section for the biography page in WikiTree which I find hugely useful.) There is also a tab that if you click on it you see all the text and the coding that surrounds it, almost exactly like what we have on WikiTree now. So I am wondering if something like this exists or is it even possible to do in this environment.

I know for myself I like to add the formating code but often when I go back to edit something or am typing in a lot of text it gets a little cumbersome wading through the coding to get a feel for what I have written or need to edit further. just curious.
in Genealogy Help by Living Chelton G2G6 (8.2k points)
edited by Chris Whitten

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Hi Brian,

A "WYSIWYG" editor is possible in a wiki environment. It does have pros and cons, but offering the option would be nice.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
selected by Living Chelton
Well it may not even be a "problem" as no one else seems to have mentioned it before. I have been playing around with a new biography "template" for my profiles and it uses a lot of the different formatings available so it gets a little confusing sometimes to look at but it may be something to put before the Profile improvement group for their thoughts.  Just was not sure if it already existed and I was missing it.
I'd like to see your template, Brian! Could you point me to a profile you've applied it to, as an example?

Guess that might have been helpful.  I have not gotten far mostly my profile at this point. I have combined a lot of the things you guys have talked about in the other forums and am pretty pleased with the results - so far. Just a note either I am FAR more narcissistic than I ever realized or just have no ability to edit myself (most likely the later.  Go to my profile Chelton-4 and ask to be added to my trusted list. or if need be I can unlock it for awhile, whatever is easiest.
I went ahead and changed the protection on my profile for a little while so it is easier to view.  If you are interested in how I did anything let me know and I can show you.
Wowser! That's quite the bio!

I especially like the section with your memories of major events. That's the kind of thing that would be really interesting to future genealogists. :)
Unfortunately as I said I could not decide what other people might find interesting in the future, and there are so many things that I regret not knowing about a lot of my family members so I guess I went a bit overboard - well more than a bit. I will probably try to edit it down later, but I also used it as a test to see how I would flesh out the sections and whether they made sense - to me at least. I really like a lot of the things other people were doing and the 'major events' section was just a natural extension of some of those.

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