Ugh Zog

I’m back at work, oh joy of joys! My car is dead, hoorah!

The “nice” text formatting in WordPress – the way it works by default in v1.5, with no formatting plugins enabled, turning line breaks into paragraphs and straight quotes into curly quotes and most importantly, double-hyphens into n-dashes – is the shittiest thing EVAR. It ruins any post that needs an HTML comment inside it. And the unpredictability of it just suxxors. How do I find out what characters it’s substituting, and how do I make it stop? (potentially relevant support threads: 1 2 3 – looks like I might have to write a plugin)

Today’s Cubicle Survival Game is brought to you by N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA): picture all your coworkers dressed up as candy ravers. Fun for five whole minutes, I tell ya.


  1. des von bladet wrote:

    Dude, that does indeed suxxor. I tell diaryland to piss off with the line-breaknings, and it leaves everything else alone. (It’s not roundtrippable, though. Life is hard!)

  2. yami wrote:

    WordPress doesn’t have an option to piss off with the line-breaknings, either, which is the biggest bone I have to pick with it. Frankly, I see no need for this nonsensical concept of “humane markup” – if I needed curly quotes I would’ve memorized their unicodes.

  3. Sabine wrote:

    Yeah for N-Nitrosodimethylamine… What fun it will be picturing the big old rough and tough guys at work dressed as candy ravers.. Might make my whole week!
    Sorry about your car…

  4. yami wrote:

    Well I’m glad I’m not the only person amused by the image! And I’m sorry about my car too… blah.

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