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9. About Web Page Text

By design, text and other content elements cannot be as precisely formatted and positioned on a web page as they can be in most word processing programs or desktop publishing programs. Exactly how much control you do have is limited not only by the traditional limitations in web page formatting, but also by options your administrator might have selected.

For example, multiple consecutive spaces typed in a web page by the author typically are recognized and displayed as a single space when the page is viewed through a browser. By default, the same happens in Contribute—if you type multiple spaces in a line, they'll be cut down to one space when the page is browsed. Similarly, pressing the Enter key to end a paragraph typically inserts a blank line automatically between paragraphs, as if you'd pressed Enter twice in a word processing program.

Both of these restrictions may be overridden by your administrator, who can configure Contribute to accept multiple spaces and display them as typed, or to make the insertion point jump down only one line (instead of two) when you press Enter. Your administrator can also set up Contribute to allow or disallow certain kinds of characters. For this reason, I can't always tell you exactly what will happen when you perform certain text-editing activities in Contribute; the best way to find out is to jump in and see what happens.

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