A Change To How Blogger Parses Comments

You may or may not know this, but you can do limited HTML markup in comments on blogs that run on the Blogger software (*.blogspot.com websites).

I will occasionally use tags (you can use lower-case or upper-case i’s, it doesn’t matter) to italicize text in a comment. I like to do this to another person’s text that I am responding to, so it’s clear the text wasn’t written by me.

What I type:
Hey, how’s it going, Splotchy?

Fine, thanks for asking!

The text above gets displayed in the comment as:
Hey, how’s it going, Splotchy?

Fine, thanks for asking!

Well, I noticed when I tried to italicize some text in a comment earlier this week that things are a little different. When I previewed the comment it looked fine, but when I actually published the thing there were no line breaks.

Instead, the comment appeared like this:
Hey, how’s it going, Splotchy?Fine, thanks for asking!

Icky, eh?

Previously, Blogger was converting my line breaks into HTML line breaks, which are represented by the
tag. Now, it appears that they have modified their software. If Blogger now sees an HTML tag included in a comment, it no longer converts line breaks to the
tags recognized by browsers.

A little sidenote for those who want to know. A line break in an HTML source file does not equal a line break in a browser. Blogger does the heavy lifting of converting the line breaks that you make in your blog posts to HTML line breaks (
— case doesn’t matter here — it could just as well be

So, you have the option of giving up your use of italics in comments, or you can be a little amateur HTML coder and add a
to force a line break yourself.

Here’s an example how to do it:
What I type:
Hey, how’s it going, Splotchy?

Fine, thanks for asking!

Which will display in a comment as:
Hey, how’s it going, Splotchy?

Fine, thanks for asking!

Anyways, I’m a geek. Happy commenting! Feel free to give this a try on this post, you nice people, you.

Try it with and without the
tags if’n you don’t believe me.

14 thoughts on “A Change To How Blogger Parses Comments”

  1. No way. So that’s what happened here. I’m not sure I would have made the connection between tag use & the sudden need to insert my own line breaks, so thanks for spelling it out. Also? I bet they fix it, cause that there? Is pretty obnoxious.

  2. I would consider by itself as malformed HTML — what I was doing was indicating an empty tag via

    Actually, I used to just put
    to do line breaks in the HTML I edited way back in the 20th century, but since then I have worked with so much XML that I can’t help bring its empty tag syntax back with me.

    Thanks for pointing out the simpler way.

  3. Splotchy, thanks a bunch. That was driving me nuts. I was using only one
    and getting the words on the next line, which I did not like. You are my hero.

    You are my hero.

    Yes, you are.

  4. And careful with the preview option. It seems to process comment formatting the old way, just to confuse us.

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