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Is anyone else experiencing technical Issues with italics? It could just be me, but when I bold text or put texts into italics, an error such as this happens; 'People who believe in Satan are calledSatanists'. I tried to put the word 'Satanists' in italics, but it never seems to do so. Another strange and quirky issue is failiure to update spelling changes and grammar changes. For example, in these two questions relating to M.T Anderson's 'Feed' that I wrote up; http://www.enotes.com/feed/q-and-a/there-reason-behind-whyfeed-by-m-t-anderson-has-328571 http://www.enotes.com/feed/q-and-a/how-canfeedby-m-t-anderson-relate-modern-audiences-328570 In the first link, I tried to change the word 'has' to 'having' in the title, as this made more sense. But when I pressed 'Ask Question' it came out as 'has'. Is anyone else experiencing these issues? Or is it just me?

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booboosmoosh eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

I have noticed the problem, but I basically copy the text of my answer into a Word document and see what needs to be changed. I change it in the eNotes answer only, by flipping between my answer and the Word document. If I try to copy from the Word document back into the eNotes answer "box" (and I have a Mac, if it makes a difference...?), I lose my indentations, italics, etc. So I put them into the original eNotes answer and work only from there. If I copy a section of a poem or text from Hamlet, for example, I put that in Word first for formatting purposes, and then paste into the eNotes document, adding whatever I need in the way of italics (even when I type from a novel) as I double-check. Otherwise, I haven't noticed anything more than that.

I have also noticed that if you hit the "spell-check" button too often, the answer gets locked in never-never land. It acts like it is loading...forever. So before I post every single answer, I copy the content of my answer into an open Word document that I use for spell- and grammar-check. In this way, if I have to get out of the window to get to the posting again, the only thing I have to duplicate are my sources. The spell-check feature can be haunted.

(Woooooo!)

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Robert C. Evans eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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write2,994 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

I have noticed the problem.  One way to deal with it is that when you copy-and-paste your answer into the eNotes box, you need to undo the italics and then re-do them using the eNotes italics button.  Of course, remembering to do this is sometimes itself a problem!

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Asher Wismer eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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write2,867 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Science, and History

I use Google Chrome exclusively as my "work" browser, and I have never had problems with formatting. I tend to do all my composition in the submission box itself, and I use either the standard "Ctrl-B" or "Ctrl-I" to format, or the buttons below the submission box. When I use Firefox from my netbook to work, I haven't had problems; however, I have had problems trying to use Chrome from a Windows XP computer, so that might mean something. Your best bet is to upgrade to the latest version of your preferred browser, and think about using Chrome for eNotes.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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write5,917 answers

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I haven't tested it, but writing in Google Doc (associated with gmail.com) might get around the problem. It seems to be related to the Windows Clipboard and incompatibilities with new browser updates. The eNotes technical team is hard at work to find a fix for it so eNotes won't be affected anymore. Yay! Go techies!  

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litteacher8 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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write15,968 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

One thing that seems to make a difference is the browser you use.  My computer constantly causes problems.  You can switch to Google Chrome.  It seems to be the most stable browser.  It is free to download.  I always have trouble with Internet Explorer too.  It could also be your operating system, especially if you have a Mac.  Also, discussion boards don't allow you to italicize in subject headings.

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bullgatortail eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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write7,077 answers

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Part of the problem you are experiencing also may concern the type of browser you are using. I believe eNotes editors have recently been warned about a problem with Mozilla Firefox 11.0. 

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Bruce Bergman eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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write3,640 answers

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You aren't alone. The site editors are working on this issue and there is some evidence to suggest that the problem occurs most commonly when text is pasted in from another program like Word, as the above post mentions. 

 

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pacorz eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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write1,056 answers

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We editors recently received a message about an italics problem. If you write your post in a text editing program such as MS Word, and then copy and paste into the enotes window, font details such as italics do not paste properly. If you are copy/pasting your writings, that may be the issue for you as well.

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najm1947 | Student

I am not using any shortcuts like ctrl-B or ctrl-I. About 2 days back while I was typing in eNotes window directly, I found out that the editing buttons were not being displayed and I had to submit the post without spell-check. This is also a problem at times.