WordPress Annoyances and Answers.com Take 2 – #^$@! thing

Well as you can see in the previous post, the answers.com link screwed my paragraphs. I’ll see if I can get some support help from wordpress or the community, in the meantime here is the post formatted as I intended.

The post yesterday about using spaces in samba sharenames highlighted an annoyance with WordPress.

For some reason the backslash 040 was causing the zero to be stripped out so instead of seeing My\ 040Documents it was showing jusing My40Documents. (Note I’ve put a space between the \ and the 0 just now to stop it stripping it out.)

I tried putting the fstab entries inside a < code > , < /code > block but that made no difference. What I ended up doing was using the extended html codes and put in an ASCII character code in for zero.

ASCII/Unicode values can be used in HTML by using the following format ( note however there should be no spaces in the following):-

& # x30 ;

This is the hexadecimal ASCII code for a 0, I could have done it in decimal making it & # 48 ; but by accident or design the ASCII codes for the digits 0 to 9 are easy to remember in hex as they run consecutively from decimal 48 which is 3 times 16

Thus a ‘1′ is decimal 49 or hex x31 , 2 is x32, etc.

Using the extended HTML codes was ok but it was sort of a one shot deal. If I saved the post it displayed with \ & # x30 ; showing as \ 0 but if I went back to edit the saved draft then the next save passed the post through the WordPress interpreter and the \ 0 was stripped out. So for each edit I had to go back and put in all the & # x30 ; codes back in.

If I missed a trick with WordPress here, please let me know.As I say a < code > < /code > block didn’t help.

Having battled with that I then came to mark up the links in my post. I always like to have links in my post to any technical terms or specific products that I mention and I find this a rather laborious task. I therefore tried the WordPress answers.com button which is a quick way to pick out key words from a post and automatically link them to an entry in answers.com

Unfortunately for some reason doing that stuck a whole bunch of < div > </div > entries in my post that screwed up all the paragraph formatting. So the time I saved in referencing my post was lost reformatting it, (and typing in all those damn & # x30 ; codes again!)

I’m going to try the answers.com link on this post and if it does it again I shall not be using that method of referencing until I’ve asked wordpress.com what the deal is.

As for whether answers.com is an appropriate referencing tool well I always check the links confirm what I understand a term to mean. I was a bit dubious about answers.com just leaching of wikipedia and also answers.com having ads but they have an advertising revenue split deal with wikipedia ( or so wikipedia says in 2006…….) .

The ads I have seen so far don’t seem to intrusive and annoying so I’ll see how it goes.Right now to press the answers.com button and see what happens to the formatting. Brace yourself………

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One thought on “WordPress Annoyances and Answers.com Take 2 – #^$@! thing

  1. Apparently the bug is still there.
    I am now reconsidering my decision to start WordPress blogs for my source code projects.
    Fortunately it is not a major undertaking to switch back to Blogger, I just wish I didn’t have to.

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