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Pasting content from other sources

To paste content copied from another source – such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple's Pages, a website, or an email – click where you want the content to appear then click the  Paste  icon within the content editor.

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On browsers other than Internet Explorer, you may be prompted to use keyboard shortcuts instead of the Paste icon to paste your text.

You can paste content into a content gadget, email body, event description, blog post, or forum topic.

What gets pasted?

You can paste both text and graphics from other sources. When pasting formatted text, the content editor will try to preserve as much of the formatting as possible, but will discard any incompatible formatting – formatting that it cannot reproduce itself.

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For example, some table formatting and text alignment options available in Microsoft Word may not be available in Wild Apricot's content editor, and will be discarded when pasting. For a list of supported formatting code, see Pasting cleanup rules (below).

While the editor is processing the pasted content, the following message will appear:

Whether graphical images are pasted along with the text depends on the source from which you copied the content. When pasting from sources that store images using URLs – such as Google Docs, web pages, and emails – any images included in the content will get pasted. When pasting from other sources – such as Microsoft Word – images will be discarded. 

To modify the settings of the pasted images, you cannot use the Settings dialog as you would when modifying a picture inserted directly through the content editor. Instead, you must click the HTML button within the content editor and modify the HTML code.

Pasting cleanup options

The current process for cleaning up pasted content replaces a process that retained more formatting but resulted in messier and less stable HTML code that could cause the content editor to freeze or otherwise malfunction, and result in inconsistent behavior on different browsers.

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To accommodate those who might prefer the previous process, pasting formatted content is actually a two-step procedure, in which the content is pasted using the previous process then immediately replaced by content pasted using the new process. To take advantage of the old pasting process, you can either click the Revert cleaning option that appears...

...or click the Undo icon within the content editor toolbar.

Clearing formatting

To clear all character formatting – formatting applied directly to text, rather than through text styles – select the text you wanted cleared, then click the  Clear formatting  icon within the content editor.

Pasting text without formatting

To completely avoid introducing formatting issues, we suggest that you paste only clean text – text without formatting. To paste text without formatting, use the Ctrl + Shift + V shortcut on Windows, and the Command + Shift + V shortcut on a Mac.

Pasting cleanup rules

The following is a list of formatting tags, attributes, and styles supported by the content editor, which are therefore retained by the new process for cleaning up incompatible formatting.

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Supported tags

The following HTML tags are supported; all other tags are removed.

P

UL

TH

EM

H1

OL

TD

I

H2

LI

A

U

H3

TABLE

IMG

S

H4

THEAD

BR

STRIKE

H5

TBODY

SPAN

SUP

H6

TFOOT

STRONG

SUB

BLOCKQUOTE

TR

B

FONT

Supported attributes

The following combinations of attribute, tag, and value are supported; all other combinations are removed.

Attribute

Tags

Value

Notes

face

FONT

Any

 

color

FONT

#, A-F and 0-9
or color name

 

align

P, H1-H6, TD

left, center, right, justify

 

align

IMG

left, right

 

valign

TD

top, middle, bottom

 

width

IMG, TABLE, TH, TD

Digits and can be px or % at the end of the line

 

height

IMG, TABLE, TH, TD

Digits and can be px or % at the end of the line

 

alt

IMG

Any

 

title

IMG, A

Any

 

src

IMG

Any

 

href

A

Any

 

name

A

Any

 

border

IMG, TABLE

Digits and can be px at the end of the line

For table converted to style border on tags TABLE and TH/TD

bordercolor

TABLE

#, A-F and 0-9

or color name

Converted to style border on tags TABLE and TH/TD

cellspacing

TABLE

Digits and can be px at the end of the line

 

cellpadding

TABLE

Digits and can be px at the end of the line

 

bgcolor

TABLE

#, A-F and 0-9
or color name

 

Supported styles

The following combinations of style, tag, and value are supported; all other combinations are removed.

Rule

Tags

Value

border-width

TABLE, TH, TD

Digits and px at the end of the line

border-style

TABLE, TH, TD

solid

border-color

TABLE, TH, TD

Valid CSS color

border-collapse

TABLE

collapse

font-size

FONT

Digits and px at the end of the line

background-color

TH, TD, FONT, SPAN

Valid CSS color


Styles to tags conversion

The following combinations of CSS rule and value are converted to the following HTML tags.

Rule

Value

Tag

font-weight

bold

strong

font-style

italic

em

font-size

Digits and px/pt at the end of the line

font

color

Valid CSS color

font

font-family

Any

font

text-decoration

underline

u

text-decoration

line-through

strike

vertical-align

sub

sub

vertical-align

super

sup


Other rules

  • Empty occurrences of P, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, BLOCKQUOTE, A, SPAN, STRONG, B, EM, I, U, S, STRIKE, SUP, SUB, and FONT tags will be removed.
  • Multiple nested tags FONT will be merged into one.   

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