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the backwards P or  Formatting Marks in html

Dec 12, 2013 4:13 PM

Tags: #help #html #dreamweaver #html5

I have been working for a while with Dreamweaver 6 (I'm a amature, not a pro) And I suddenly got the backwards symbol resembling a 'P' but backwards. I googled it and it says its a

Formatting Marks.  what is it? and will it mess up my site?


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    Dec 12, 2013 6:46 PM   in reply to bigfootshannon

    These are called hidden characters and they don't do any harm to your

    website.  Thjey are there to guide you when you are working in "code view".


    However, if you want to turn them off then you can do this:


    View >> Code View Options >> Hidden Characters


    You just need to remove the tick mark against "Hidden Characters" label.


    Normally I attach a picture to help the users here but unfortunately,

    Adobe have messed up my account and I can't login at all on their

    website.  I can only post messages using an email client like

    Thunderbird.  Email options doesn't allow any attachments.




    Hope this helps.

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    Dec 13, 2013 6:40 AM   in reply to bigfootshannon

    Interesting. I didn't know about the code view options for hidden characters…


    The "backwards P" paragraph mark indicates a carriage return or line feed character for your code. Frankly, I'd keep it turned off. It doesn't matter to your code at all, whether or not (while entering code) you hit the [Return] key, as it does nothing, really, and the HTML line break is <br /> and the HTML new paragraph is <p> (assuming one closed the last one).


    What's important is to pay attention to your HTML not whether or not, for your convenience and ease in reading your code, you hit the [Return] key.



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