Formatting Issues When Text Is Pasted Into Blackboard
In this document you will learn about:
Causes of Formatting Issues
Productivity software like Microsoft Word and Apple iWork use complex and specialized code to create formatting within documents. Although this code is invisible on the page, it can sometimes be included when copying and pasting text from one program to another.
Web browsers and Internet applications have their own coding language used for formatting and displaying content and sometimes struggle to interpret instructions from word processors, resulting in font disparities and the loss of formatting within the web browser.
In most cases content will look erratically formatted, while some content may fail to display entirely. Use the help guide below to prevent and correct these formatting issues.
To provide an idea of the underlying causes of these problems, consider the screenshots below.
In the image above, sample text has been typed up in Microsoft Word, and then pasted into the text box editor in Blackboard. Formatting is simple, including only a single font and a list. Upon pasting, it appears to display correctly.
But upon viewing the HTML working to display this text, the complexity of the code is displayed.
Although it is possible for browsers to ignore most of this language, the potential for format distortion is always there.
Preventing Formatting Issues
If the content already exists in a document outside of Blackboard, consider first copying and pasting into Notepad or a similar text editor before importing into Blackboard.
Notepad is an extremely basic text editor, unable to create or maintain complex formatting. Any code generated by Word will be stripped away when pasted into Notepad. The positive side effect of this is that any text copied out of Notepad will not carry hidden formatting code that could cause issues in an online course. Unfortunately, this means that most formatting created in Word will be removed and must be modified again within Blackboard.
Correcting Formatting Issues
1. Click to Edit the content item.
2. Place your cursor in the text box, then press Control (CTRL) + A on your keyboard simultaneously. All text within the editor should now be highlighted. Copy the highlighted text by right-clicking and selecting "Copy" or press Control (CTRL) + C.
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