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I am a fool. The editor was in fact adding
<p> tags as expected. I was using a combination of
the_content(). Apparently the former will strip out these tags, just leaving a block of text (which still leaves me in a predicament but im sure I'll figure something out)
follow up question: should I delete this question? or is this kind of thing helpful to have in the search....?
When I paste text from different sources into the wordpress (tinyMCE) content visual editor I am getting different results. Ironically, it works how I want it to when pasting from MSWord, but not when going from notepad (or another website, or notepad++).
Ideally I would want any pasted text to get wrapped in
<p> tags (based on line breaks) and otherwise have minimal markup added.
The big issue here is the
<p> : linebreak issue. I want the client to be able to paste a few paragraphs of text in and be able to set the margins and padding so as to make it look nice.
This must be a pretty normal expectation, and I am suprised that I am having difficulties with this, as I have built several WP sites before without noticing this issue.