Great: My kingdom for a tip! How do I format a Hebrew text in the text widget of my Yola site? Ooops, both great and long.

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Hello to you who read this!
My site is mainly in Hebrew.
When I insert text into the text widget, alas! havoc! a mess!
So I try formatting in Word and copypasting.
No, this doesnt work. Correction: it works but only half way.
The blog text editor is somewhat better. Its only problem is that it adds double paragrapy passages, and I have to delete them manually.
Is there a simpler way to format a text in the page, or in the text widget?
It takes me sooooooo many hours to just insert a few lines...
Otherwise so far so good. I am happy with my site, it's modest, but my customers dont need to get impressed by an extravagant design: neat and effective, I hope it is.
Thnks for your patience,
Eli
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why havn't I mentioned my site's URL? http://www.safayafa.com
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Hi Eli,

We have a bug with our text editor where you may have trouble editing the text (adding fullstops is problematic) if you are using a right to left language. We hope to fix this bug as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, here is a workaround you can try.

1) Click the "HTML" button at the end of the text editing toolbar.
2) Use the following HTML in your text:
<!--
<p style="direction:rtl"> your text here </p>
-->
3) Add your text where "your text here" is placed.

(Ignore <!-- and --> those are there to stop the code from being interpreted).

By wrapping your text in a tag that tells the site builder that you are using a right to left language, you can overcome the problem.

Please make sure that you do not copy directly from MS Word, this will probably only make it worse. First copy and paste into something like Notepad to strip the formatting code that MS Word adds and then copy and paste that text to add to your website.

I hope that helps! Please let us know if you need any other information.
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(I may be repeating, for I replied somewhere but I dont see it anywere)
Thanks a lot Marije,
It was crystal clear. I followed your instructions once, twice and thrice, perhaps even more, all went well BUT!
The text didnt show on the text widget, although it surely was in the html!
Oh, disappointment, oh, frustration. By the way, for the time being I do solve most of the problems, as you might see in my site, but it is a risky game from the blog editor to word and back, and from there to the text widget.
What I would really like to achiev is skill and dexterity in using the new (for me) system, which I like a lot.
Farewell googlepages, it's Yola time now.
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Hi Eli,

Thank you for coming back to us and I'm sorry if it's getting very frustrating. I have the following questions:

1. What browser are you using? Eg. Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 7 etc.

2. When editing the existing text with the HTML code that I've given, did you first try pasting it into Notepad to remove any formatting code that would have been copied from MS Word? Or did you try and add the code straight away? If possible, can you try re-adding the text from the beginning?

3. You can add the first part of the HTML code I've given you to the beginning of the text/HTML and the last part to the end. You don't need to add it to each line in the HTML editor. I'm not sure if that's what you are doing at all.

4. The text that did not show up - could you let me know which page of your site that is happening on?
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ARN'T YOU QUICK!
My browser, my dear old browser (I found it in Antarctica or in New Zealand, who remembers?) is (please, stand up) yes, IE 7!! (you may sit)..
yes I did, in fact I know those vicious tricks of the codes that need be stripped.
The 3rd advice will not help me. I think (although I woudnt bet my bald head on it) that I understood the structure, so that I didnt work only mechanically,.
And for your No. 4, I will provide an example later, perhaps tomorrow, if you will be so patient. what I did so far I didnt keep
Thanks again!
Eli
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hi Marije,
here is a sample.
http://www.safayafa.com/for-marije.php
Iside the text widget you have the first chapter of the Bible (old testament)
Outside - the results of the censorship.
Where have I gone wrong?
Thanks again
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Sorry for the late reply Eli.

The reason why your text is not displaying is because you still have <!-- and --> in the code. I had that above so that the code isn't actually interpreted in this post. Basically, you are telling the HTML widget to ignore everything between <!-- and --> which is why the text is not displaying.

If you remove them, it should return to normal. Can you give that a try and let me know if it does not help?
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thanks again,

no hurry

of course, it helped. no miracle, just a basic html lesson. which reminds me that perhaps I should learn some more html, this will help of course.

right now i dont have a direct solution to to some problems, all having to do with more html codes. especially the justified formatting of a paragraph.

for the time being I am satisfied, I keep working in roundabout ways, but most of my site is ready, and good enough for my present needs.

now it is time to forget about it, let it ripen in google, if G helps, and go back to my neglected professional work, in language-editing and translations.

after all, the www.safayafa.com is just a tool for this, and not the other way round.
addiction is pleasing, but takes its toll.
you have been great, thanks, toda, danke, merci, takk, koesenem sepen, etc.
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Yay, Marije and Eli! Thanks for working this one out!
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Thanks to Marije, fast, clear, and patient,
And thanks to you too!
To whom should I send my kingdom, as I promised?
It's not big, but a word is a word is a word. As I'd better know, in my profession.
And again. It was a real nice experience.
P.S., And yes, a better text-editor window will not be considered a luxury, I say, without knowing your constrains. Just a layman's impression
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Glad to hear it's all working! No need to send a kingdom, we are here to help :)