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September 11th, 2008
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From:phillip2637
Date:September 11th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
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LiveJournal, as opposed to a normal web page, includes the actual new lines that you type between tags when it renders the output. This means that you get a different result depending on whether you type your 'ol' and 'li' entries and their closing variants all on one line or each on its own. (In general, I believe in closing tags, but that may be because I spend far more time with XML than with HTML.)
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 11th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. LJ includes the line breaks I type, and I don't want additional line breaks forced on me by the HTML tags. Though I confess I wasn't thinking when I put the ol on a separate line from the li in my example; that accounts for one of the unwanted blank lines. I could use the lj-raw tag, but then I'll have to explicitly type some br tags. Bleah. Might be the best I can ask for.

Leaving out the closing tag means I don't get an extra line break. Is it safe?
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 11th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Let's try this (wrapping the "what I want it to look like" in lj-raw, adding one explicit br in the two line item.

Regular text
  1. Item
  2. Item
    Second line of item
  3. Item
Regular text
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 11th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
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still an extra blank line before and after the list.
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From:polyfrog
Date:September 11th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
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That is the best I have found as well. I have not found any way to eliminate the blank lines before and after the list.
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From:phillip2637
Date:September 11th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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I don't know for sure whether it's generally safe. What I was suggesting, I guess, is to accept the HTML-induced line breaks, but remove the literal ones that are typed when composing the message.
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