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January 10th, 2014


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12:54 pm - To anyone who still posts on fanfiction.net:
Does anyone have a reliable way to put in scene breaks, something that the uploading system at ff.net won't automatically delete? Back when you could edit text right at the website, I could just drop in their own "bar" between sections. Can't do that any more, and normal things I've tried (a line of hyphens or of tildes, etc) just get deleted.

If I uploaded a Word .doc with their graphic "bars" in the text, would that stay? (I'll probably try that and see, sometime today.)
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From:aadler
Date:January 10th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I’ve been able to make “~– ~ – ~” work (centered, even). But, I haven’t done any FFN editing lately, so that may or may not still be good.
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From:sallymn
Date:January 11th, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
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I do something similar, with ~oOo~ centered - and it works.
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From:persephone_kore
Date:January 10th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I don't know about Word documents, but I post to them in HTML and the <hr> tag works just fine.
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 11th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
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Do you mean you upload a .txt file with the tags written in?

It's been a long while since I did all my own coding; I'd have to go find a tag that would work. *wanders away to do so*
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From:persephone_kore
Date:January 11th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
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I think I usually saved as .html, although I suppose text files may work. My cowriter has adopted the expedient of copying the html generated by AO3, which saves the trouble of putting in all the paragraph tags.
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 11th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
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Oh, that is clever! :) Since I use AO3 also these days, I may try that trick.
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From:jedibuttercup
Date:January 10th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I usually end up coding the whole thing in HTML to make it work.

If you know any HTML, and especially if you have Word, it's not too strenuous. I always write with a blank line between paragraphs, and in then in Word I can do a search and replace: for every ^p^p, which is word code for two presses of the Enter key, </p>^p^p<p>, end paragraph and start a new one. After that's taken care of, it's just marking italics and bolding and putting in the <hr> line breaks where they need to go.

(edited (repeatedly) to stop LJ from eating my demo code)

(edited again because: after you have all the code assembled in Word, you have to copy and paste into their little HTML window, you can't just upload it and expect the code to work right; they broke that function, more's the pity.)

Edited at 2014-01-10 11:51 pm (UTC)
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 11th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
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I do not use Word, unfortunately; I use OpenOffice, so I can save things as .docs but not work in the program.

Whose little HTML window? Oh, the copy and paste mode. Gotcha.

Thank you--this may end up being quite helpful, with a little research/experimentation. :)
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From:persephone_kore
Date:January 11th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
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Doesn't OpenOffice have a search/replace function? Free text editors have one; it would seem like a peculiar thing to leave out.
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 11th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
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Oh, I thought she meant that particular code was the *Word* code for line breaks--such things can differ in different processors. No, Open Office definitely has search/replace.
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From:persephone_kore
Date:January 11th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
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Oh, I see what you mean now, sorry, I misunderstood. Hm.

Based on a quick Google, what you may want to paste between paragraph tags is \n\n, but apparently what you have to search for depends on whether you hit enter or shift+enter to make the linebreaks. Copying AO3's html may be less trouble.
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From:rose_griffes
Date:January 11th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
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I upload a word doc, then edit in the line breaks (again!) on the website. Because it doesn't matter if they're included in the document I upload; they still won't show up, so I just put them back in manually.
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From:feliciakw
Date:January 11th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
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This I cannot help you with, because I haven't posted fic anywhere in many, many moons.

However, I have a question. "Each Should Carry." Any thoughts on working on that? *hopeful smile*

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From:izhilzha
Date:February 6th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC)
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Aw, just realized I hadn't replied to this.

There's only, like, 4 or 5 chapters left to write on that story. I don't think I have time right now, but don't be shocked if, over the next couple of years, it does get finished. :)

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