In a kind rebuttal of my claim that Blogger is troubled, Rick Klau, a Google Product Manager, wrote:
… There is a new text editor available on www.blogger.com (available under settings) which is the default on Blogger in Draft. It significantly improves the authoring interface, addresses a number of the issues you referred to, and opens up a number of integration opportunities for us with other Google properties - we're doing QA on the next batch of integrations right now…
When I described the longstanding troubles I’ve had with the Blogger in Draft rich text editor Rick responded;
… Odd to hear about formatting problems with Draft's editor - it's pretty rock solid. Please ping me with any indications of what you're seeing - that's almost certainly a bug that we'll want to fix if it persist…
So I’m pleased to say I have a good example of the bug. I believe it’s related to the old CR/LF, CR, LF problems in DOS/Windows, MacOS and Unix – augmented by the transition to the unicode standard. (I’ve read recently that all of Google’s new tools require translation to unicode).
Here’s a recent post of mine, authored using Windows Live Writer (Windows only) as it renders in Chrome 126.96.36.199 after posting (it shows the same way in WLW):
Here’s how it looks in Blogger Classic using Chrome:
And here is how it renders in Blogger In Draft using Chrome:
Yes, the line spacing is wrecked. From past experience, this is messy to fix up. When you fix the line spacing here, it comes out double-spaced on publishing.
I’ll point Rick to this post. Hope it helps!
Update 1/29/10: Based on Rick's comment below, Google is looking into this one.
Update 2/1/2010: There's a similar bug with Safari on OS X. When you quote a block of text everything double spaces.
Update 3/10/2010: I just had blogger in draft completely screw up a post composed 100% in Chrome on XP. It's far from ready.
Hey John, thanks for the report. Those paragraphs are likely enclosed in p tags, which don't work well with the new editor. We're working on a fix.
What's the update?
I'm still having this issue and it's almost the end of the year.
I suspect the team has moved on, and a new team is starting from scratch. Blogger really does feel like a dying service.
Their developers need to take a look on the text editor tool.
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