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Should the markdown renderer treat a single line break as <br>?
Why you should press Return key 2 times to insert a new line?

Is doing something the longer way instead of shorter while breaking common habits and conventions in order to achieve this same effect better? If you think not (as most people) why do I have to, in order to have new line press space space enter instead of just enter? If as I've discussed it few times on MSO you have to use meta why can't someone code it that pressing enter would insert two spaces before it? It's so freaking frustrating and unnatural. Why, God why?! It's so freaking unnatural and frustrating...

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marked as duplicate by Jon Seigel, XMLbog, perbert, balpha, John Rudy May 19 '10 at 21:13

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It took awhile for me to figure out what you were talking about. –  Robert Harvey May 19 '10 at 16:30
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...I never actually knew you could do that to insert a single line break. You learn something new every day. –  Grace Note May 19 '10 at 16:34
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I have written a (quite lengthy) explanation of this behavior. –  balpha May 19 '10 at 18:24

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I don't find it as life-ruining as Robert, but this always did seem unnecessary. Why doesn't markdown just treat line breaks as line breaks; is there some syntactic reason it ignores them?

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It ignores them to make one use a blank line, which helps in non-HTML rendering (including looking at the Markdown source text itself). –  Arjan May 19 '10 at 18:48

OP Question Translated:

I hate having to hit 'space' twice to insert a new paragraph in my post. I'd rather hit enter.

Answer:

This has been discussed on the blog.

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Discussed, but apparently no conclusion was reached. –  Robert Harvey May 19 '10 at 16:43

Using two spaces does not start a new paragraph. When doing that, you're breaking the layout. You should use a blank line instead, and only use the two spaces when you really need a new line without starting a new paragraph.

And above all: note that the posts are not only used on the websites. Though on the website using the two spaces might only have some bad effect on the layout, for other usage scenarios you might break even more.

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I think the OP is more concerned about the linebreak functionality, not specifically for making new paragraphs. The word "paragraph" is only resultant from George's translation. –  Grace Note May 19 '10 at 18:48
    
@ccornet, but the OP shouldn't use line breaks, unless really needed. –  Arjan May 19 '10 at 18:52
    
I don't disagree that line breaks are only an "as necessary" implement, paragraphs are much nicer. But I don't think that the OP necessarily is abusing them at all. –  Grace Note May 19 '10 at 19:16
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@ccornet, I'm afraid he does. (But not always.) –  Arjan May 19 '10 at 19:33
    
Point taken. –  Grace Note May 19 '10 at 19:42

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