I have gone through several cycles with Auto P, first thinking it was great, then cursing it and swearing it off forever.
Now that I have upgraded to v1.8, I'm cursing it now, for the times when I was thinking it was great.
Auto P is fine if you post simple paragraphs and such. But when you get into fancier constructs, with tags and such, it has a tendency to break and add <p>'s and </p> in a most haphazard and validator-unfriendly way. As a techno, XHTML-v1.1 validation junkie, I had (at one time) been battling with Auto P, trying to gerry-rig my posts so that Auto P would treat them nice and the Code I EXPECTED was the code I GOT.
Eventually, I gave up and decided that I knew better than Auto P, where to put my opening P's and closing P's. So I turned the thing into a opt-in, rather than an opt-out dealie and rarely do I even consider it anymore.
Now that I've upgraded, some of my old Auto P posts are coming back to bite me. Apparently, the NEW Auto P, works a tad differently than the OLD Auto P. 8|
So, after having gone through all sort of gyrations to make my posts "work" with the OLD Auto P, I have discovered that for some of them, I'm going to have to go through all sorts of gyrations to make them work with the NEW Auto P.
To identify these posts, I'm going to have to run the validator on every old Auto P post I have (it may LOOK fine, but it's not valid now). Not all of them LOOK fine either, which is how I spotted the Auto P Problem.
And one of these OLD Auto-P posts that the NEW Auto-P is monkeying with, is a 128,000 character post. (For those that don't know, that's about twice as many characters that the b2evo program allows in a post, without having to go in and mod the DB ... Fine ... you can say I'm verbose and you'd be right, but I was a mini-journal that covered 10 Days of Cycling Glacier National Park ... so THERE).
A word of caution:
IF you rely on Auto-P and you care about validation, you may need to check your old posts after upgrading to v1.8, because the NEW Auto P, works DIFFERENTLY than the OLD Auto P.
I'm sorry, but I Pound the Podium and Proclaim: "Put Auto P to Prison for Putzing with my long Post and Pressuring me to Provide 10-days of <P> and </P> for every Paragraph, or Provoking me to Play with the NEW Auto P so it Provides the SAME code that the OLD Auto P Put out."
Whew ... *gasps for air*
Maybe I'll get smart and cut and paste the balance of Good P's from the Page Source and only Put P's where the Auto P is Putzing (differently than the old Auto P) with the P's.
Does anyone else sense or share in my Auto P PAIN? :-/
Darn ... I did say "end rant" didn't I?
Gee ... now after all this ... I gotta go Pee. Bye.