If you visited my blog yesterday, you might have noticed something odd. Yes, it’s odd enough to find a new post on a Tuesday, but not so odd during Just Jot January. I wanted to offer a tiny hat tip to the authors I’ve met through my blog. It was going to be a simple post, with a simple gallery of images I’ve already used. So, I decided to give the Block Editor a try. That led me straight to today’s one-liner:
“Note to Block Editor – it’s not me, it’s you!”
I thought I was going to write about how I utilized a new (since the last time I looked) feature in the editor, the ability to edit blocks as HTML. I did use this feature, but it didn’t work as expected. I wanted to use it show the JusJoJan prompt, like I show the SoCS prompts – In quotes, in Linda’s SoCS prompt color, italicized, bolded and indented. I put indented in bold, because the people who have been developing the blockhead editor don’t seem to think indenting is something you should do – there’s no option. However, when you opt to edit in HTML, you can also define new styles in the Custom Style Sheet (CSS) that the page uses. In theory, that lets you edit anything.
Frustration step #1:
I wrote a bit of CSS code to define ‘Indent’ as a style element. I edited the HTML of my quote and inserted a call to my newly defined style. It worked! (I thought) The text was indented. Unfortunately, half of the HTML code in the CSS Style spilled into the next paragraph.
Frustration step #2 through infinity:
I’ll spare you the long complicated technical-jargon-laden explanation and just say:
Nothing I did kept the HTML notation from spilling into the text of the next paragraph – it’s not supposed to do that.
The block editor stopped letting me edit my block as HTML. I couldn’t fix the CSS. All I could do was delete the block and insert a new one – without the indent.
The block editor would not let me edit any of the other text I had written, including the option to add the pingback link. I added that to the badge, but that didn’t work.
I previewed the post. It looked OK. I published it.
That’s when the rest of the odd things showed up:
There was no “Like” button.
There were no “Sharing” buttons.
There was no comment box.
The HTML code for the separator bar was visible, but the bar wasn’t.
I returned to the editor but couldn’t edit anything. Since I couldn’t edit, I couldn’t update the post. I discovered that I could change the text that had already been published on Twitter. This had no effect on the Tweet, but it let me update the post and the above items appeared. I’m back in the Classic Editor today.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. And, given the time of the year, it’s also part of Just-Jot-January. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.