Traditional Section Format Test

For years I have used this format. Now I am told I cannot. This is truly nuts that Gutenberg cannot support such a basic layout. What is even more mind-numbing is that I am being told the Classic Editor cannot support it after using this exact same format for years, never once experiencing a problem. It only stopped working in the last couple of months. Something is fundamentally broken and needs to be fixed ASAP.

Please Listen

EVERY PLUGIN EXCEPT Classic Editor, Akismet Anti-Spam, AND Jetpack by WordPress.com IS DEACTIVATED. I AM GOING TO CONTACT SOMEONE AT YOUR HELP DESK AND ASK FOR THEIR NAME TO VERIFY THAT ALL PLUGINS ARE DEACTIVATED. FURTHERMORE, I HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO DELETE ALL CUSTOM CSS AND PHP FUNCTIONS. THERE IS NOTHING ON MY WEBSITE, NO PLUGIN, CSS, OR PHP FUNCTION THAT CAN ACCOUNT FOR THE RESULTS IN THE TWO TESTS BELOW. YOU HAVE FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN THE CLASSIC EDITOR. FURTHERMORE YOU HAVE DONE SO WITHOUT MAKING ANY EFFORT WHATSOEVER TO NOTIFY THE USER COMMUNITY.

BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY IS A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE WHEN MODFIYING SOFTWARE USED AT THIS SCALE. WHEN I SAY IT WILL TAKE ME TWO TO THREE MONTHS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE THAT HAS BEEN DONE, I AM NOT EXAGGERATING. WOULD YOU PLEASE TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING. 

THE GUTENBERG EDITOR IS OFF. THESE TESTS ARE FOR FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN THE BEHAVIOR OF THE CLASSIC EDITOR. 

TEST NUMBER ONE: Traditional formatting is fundamentally broken in the Classic Editor. The image below is left justified and yet the headers, horizontal rule, and paragraph text will not wrap around the image.

It is not even possible to click to the right of the image, and if you click to the left or below the image and then use the arrow keys to move the cursor to the right of the image and press the delete key in an effort to pul the header, horizontal rule, and text up, the image is deleted instead.

This is an image caption.

This is the Section Header (always followed by a horizontal rule)


Here is the text of the article. After reaching the bottom edge of the image it raps to the left edge of the page. I only ever work with pages. I do not use posts. To create an editor that cannot support such a basic layout is really mind-numbing. To break the Classic editor is such a way and suggest I walk away from the only layout I like as a consequence is disturbing. Something is broken and needs to be fixed. I am going to deactivate all of my plugins and demonstrate the bizarre videopress shortccode bug that forced me into a conversion I never wanted and that has all but destroyed my website, leaving me with two or three months of work to do just to get back to normal as well as this new “you can’t do what you’ve been doing for years” problem. I beg of you to look harder at this.  I can assure you after weeks of trying to find a solution, I am not alone in this, except perhaps in my assistance that your product support such a basic layout. I have also reached out to one of the page builders, Beaver, to see if they have a solution.

Here is the text of the article. After reaching the bottom edge of the image it raps to the left edge of the page. I only ever work with pages. I do not use posts. To create an editor that cannot support such a basic layout is really mind-numbing. To break the Classic editor is such a way and suggest I walk away from the only layout I like as a consequence is disturbing. Something is broken and needs to be fixed. I am going to deactivate all of my plugins and demonstrate the bizarre videopress shortcode bug that forced me into a conversion I never wanted and that has all but destroyed my website, leaving me with two or three months of work to do just to get back to normal as well as this new “you can’t do what you’ve been doing for years” problem. I beg of you to look harder at this.  I can assure you after weeks of trying to find a solution, I am not alone in this, except perhaps in my assistance that your product support such a basic layout. I have also reached out to one of the page builders, Beaver, to see if they have a solution.

TEST NUMBER TWO: Videopress shortcode embedding is fundamentally broken in the classic editor. In this test, a videopress shortcut is added. Two utterly bizarre things happen. The video cannot be seen in the visual editor and even more bizarre, you cannot click into the text anywhere below where the video is supposed to be. And yet in the Text editor, the shortcode is there. Also, when published the video is there is most, but not all browsers. I showed this to your help desk once before. This is what forced me to stop using the Classic editor.

A videopress shortcode has been inserted in the very next line.

Try clicking anywhere in this text. You cannot. The only thing you can do is click well below the unseen videopress shortcode and then use the up arrow to get to this text. I lived with this for months but then I noticed on some browsers the video actually did not display after the page was published. That was when I was forced to change editors. Try clicking anywhere in this text. You cannot. The only thing you can do is click well below the unseen videopress shortcode and then use the up arrow to get to this text. I lived with this for months but then I noticed on some browsers the video actually did not display after the page was published. That was when I was forced to change editors. Try clicking anywhere in this text. You cannot. The only thing you can do is click well below the unseen videopress shortcode and then use the up arrow to get to this text. I lived with this for months but then I noticed on some browsers the video actually did not display after the page was published. That was when I was forced to change editors. Try clicking anywhere in this text. You cannot. The only thing you can do is click well below the unseen videopress shortcode and then use the up arrow to get to this text. I lived with this for months but then I noticed on some browsers the video actually did not display after the page was published. That was when I was forced to change editors. Try clicking anywhere in this text. You cannot. The only thing you can do is click well below the unseen videopress shortcode and then use the up arrow to get to this text. I lived with this for months but then I noticed on some browsers the video actually did not display after the page was published. That was when I was forced to change editors. Try clicking anywhere in this text. You cannot. The only thing you can do is click well below the unseen videopress shortcode and then use the up arrow to get to this text. I lived with this for months but then I noticed on some browsers the video actually did not display after the page was published. That was when I was forced to change editors.

ADDING A THIRD TEST AFTER WORKING WITH YOUR HELP DESK FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. FOR THIS THIRD TEST, I WILL BE DEACTIVATING THE CLASSIC EDITOR. THIS IS A TEST OF THE CLASSIC BLOCK AS OPPOSED TO THE PREVIOUS TWO TESTS OF THE CLASSIC EDITOR. 

I am so grateful to have someone’s ear at WordPress.com. I have mentioned this before, but feel I should say so again. I am a world-class mainframe programmer. All I ask of you is to respect how much work I have done in isolating these bugs and the endless hours spent trying to bring them to your attention. Having said that, fixing the previous two bugs is too late for me. The damage is done. I have already converted all 108 of my pages to Gutenberg blocks. In the process, years of formatting work was lost. I estimate that it will take two or three months to recover from this disaster. However, I cannot fully recover unless you first recognize that what I am about to show you is yet another bug in your software and then fix it. If you want to say thanks and/or apologize for what has happened, then fix this immediately. I would be thrilled if you would do this.

PLEASE NOTE THAT I DEACTIVATED THE CLASSIC EDITOR AND REACTIVATED Advanced Editor Tools (previously TinyMCE Advanced). (THE NECESSITY OF REACTIVATING Advanced Editor Tools (previously TinyMCE Advanced) IN ORDER TO RECREATE THE ORIGINAL BEHAVIOUR OF THE CLASSIC EDITOR IS ANOTHER DIMENSION TO THIS PROBLEM.) NOTHING ELSE HAS CHANGED FOR THIS TEST. SPECIFICALLY, ALL OTHER PLUGINS REMAIN DEACTIVATED, AND THERE IS NO CUSTOM CSS OR PHP.

THIS TEST LOOKS A LOT LIKE TEST #1 BUT IS QUITE DIFFERENT. THIS TEST IS ALL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY TO ADD AN IMAGE CAPTION TO AN IMAGE IN A CLASSIC BLOCK. IT BREAKS AND THE RESULTS ARE A LOT LIKE THE FIRST TEST. BUT THE ISSUE HERE IS THE IMAGE CAPTION. What makes documenting this bug nearly impossible is that there is one behavior evident while working on the page and even between updates. But once the page is closed in the editor or the editor page is refreshed, there is an entirely different behavior. Regrettably, this makes understanding the issue extremely difficult and requires a programmer who is willing to listen to and think very carefully about what is being said here. It also means I must use images to document the behavior that is lost between edit sessions.

WHERE IMAGES ARE REQUIRED, I WILL MARK THE RESULTS IMAGE REQUIRED.

Okay, I doubt you will find anyone else willing to go this far to show you what is happening. PLEASE ASSIGN THIS WORK TO YOU BEST PROGRAMMER(s)

TEST NUMBER THREE: Traditional formatting, though fundamentally broken in the Classic Editor, still works in Classic Blocks. The problem is that when you add an image caption, there is a bug that needs to be fixed. The image below is left justified. Unlike TEST #1 of the Classic Editor, the headers, horizontal rule, and paragraph text DO wrap around the image. This is how I will be working to correct the years of formatting lost when I converted my 108 pages. 

This is the header for test #3


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Life is good. The Classic block works exactly the same as the Classic Editor used to work before it was broken sometime in the past two or three months. Everything is back to normal. Almost. Now, look at what happens if I add an image caption. This is a DUPLICATE of the block above. The only thing I have done is to add an image caption. 

IMAGE REQUIRED

As you can see, the image caption I created is a Heading 2 (the same level as the section header). Now look what happens if I try to fix that.

This is NOT a DUPLICATE of the previous Classic block because if I try to duplicate that block this is what happens and it cannot be fixed. Note that this looks a lot like what is wrong with the Classic Editor in test #1 above. Which is to say, the Classic block is unstable. 

This is the image caption.

This is the header for test #3


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So in this final version. I will start with a copy of the first iteration above, add the image caption, and then click on the image caption and change it from a header to a paragraph. At first, everything looks okay, but if you publish the page the text wrapping is lost. To demonstrate this I must use an image. Because the text will break once the editor is closed and reopened.

IMAGE REQUIRED

What you see below is what happens when you reopen the exact same page for editing. It then looks like the puplished page.

This is the image caption

This is the header for test #3


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I do not expect you to understand how passionate I am about formatting. I’ve studied every option available to me. I am not willing to abandon this platform. I feel a certain protection working in WordPress. If I try to solve this problem with a page builder, I will only lose more control. The ONLY answer for me, the only way forward, is to maximize the use of Classic blocks. This allows me to work around the Jetpack bug this document and one extremely patient person on your help desk have isolated.

What I must sacrifice is image captions. I will do so for the time being because I have no choice. But I am pleading with you to expedite this bug fix because I am a computer programmer and there no other description for the behavior I am seeing in ALL THREE of these tests than to label them as bugs. What you can do for me is to give my email address to the responsible programmer or whoever and ask them to notify me the moment this last image caption bug is fixed. 

Okay? You see I am trying to help. I may not command this ship, but I am on it. 

 

Thank you, “Happiness Engineer”! Thank you for listening.

I can only pray now that the others at WordPress.com listen. I’ve done all I can do to help you see what I see. And what I see is a disaster. This should have never been released to the public. It has cost me dearly. What recompense will there be for the years of careful formatting work lost? Please fix this. 

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