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Test page with photo and caption to check wrap around

September 21st, 2015

Anyone knowledgeable about WordPrefect please help! Here is some text. When I insert a photo, it won’t wrap properly. Why not?

Some text: [Christianity] is assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world. Your Majesty will do the human race an eternal service by extirpating this infamous superstition, I do not say among the rabble, who are not worthy of being enlightened and who are apt for every yoke; I say among honest people, among men who think, among those who wish to think. … My one regret in dying is that I cannot aid you in this noble enterprise, the finest and most respectable which the human mind can point out. – Voltaire
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. – Voltaire
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. – Voltaire
A witty saying proves nothing. – Voltaire
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too. – Voltaire. (Usually misquoted as: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – actually S. G. Tallentyre’s paraphrase of Voltaire’s attitude in The Friends of Voltaire (1907))

1) Here is a photo with captions in the normal Wordperfect photo html as follows

(html version without closures for inspection and checking:)
caption id=”attachment_2662″ align=”alignleft” width=”640″ a href=”http://www.talkinnewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/P1160228-Copy1.jpg” img src=”http://www.talkinnewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/P1160228-Copy1-1024×685.jpg” alt=””title=”Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale” width=”320″ height=”214″ class=”size-large wp-image-2662″ / /a Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale /caption

which when applied in the html copy with closures yields this where the text will not wrap:

Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale

A quote from Voltaire as follows: [Christianity] is assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world. Your Majesty will do the human race an eternal service by extirpating this infamous superstition, I do not say among the rabble, who are not worthy of being enlightened and who are apt for every yoke; I say among honest people, among men who think, among those who wish to think. … My one regret in dying is that I cannot aid you in this noble enterprise, the finest and most respectable which the human mind can point out. – Voltaire

2) So why won’t it wrap properly??? If the wrap instructions are then added by hand ie adding hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left” into the html text, it wraps OK but of course has no caption. How do I get an image to wrap properly and leave the caption intact at the bottom like it does in other WordPerfect blogs?

Anyone who knows please Comment! Here is the same photo with stripped of the caption head and tail and the wrap instruction hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left ” included as follows

((Raw html without closures for inspection and review))
a href=”http://www.talkinnewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/P1160228-Copy1.jpg” img src=”http://www.talkinnewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/P1160228-Copy1-1024×685.jpg” alt=””title=”Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale” width=”320″ height=”214″ class=”size-large wp-image-2662″ hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left” / /a

Actual result of above:

That gives this result where the text wraps OK according to the html instructions included ie hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left” which should make it wrap and does make it wrap but without the caption, of course, showing up at the bottom.

3) So why won’t the captions let it wrap? I need the title caption in place at the bottom of the image, and I always have to write a captions as a sentence beside the photo saying something like (photo left) Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale and put it in italics.

So to repeat without captions it does wrap if the hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left” are added. Here it is again, with captions head and tail stripped off and hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left” included in the html and Lo and Behold it does wrap:
(photo left) Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale [Christianity] is assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world. Your Majesty will do the human race an eternal service by extirpating this infamous superstition, I do not say among the rabble, who are not worthy of being enlightened and who are apt for every yoke; I say among honest people, among men who think, among those who wish to think. … My one regret in dying is that I cannot aid you in this noble enterprise, the finest and most respectable which the human mind can point out. – Voltaire
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. – Voltaire
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. – Voltaire
A witty saying proves nothing. – Voltaire
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too. – Voltaire. (Usually misquoted as: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – actually S. G. Tallentyre’s paraphrase of Voltaire’s attitude in The Friends of Voltaire (1907))
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So how come? How come it wraps without captions but not with captions when the normal Wordperfect html for a photo is included in the text. OK. Here it is again.
Same without captions but with wrap instructions hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left” included in the html and it wraps. But if the captions are left in the usual photo display html in WordPrefect, the text won’t wrap! !:

Without captions and with html instructions included inside the text:

((raw html without closures:
a href=”http://www.talkinnewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/P1160228-Copy1.jpg” img src=”http://www.talkinnewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/P1160228-Copy1-1024×685.jpg” alt=””title=”Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale” width=”320″ height=”214″ class=”size-large wp-image-2662″ hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left” /> (photo left) Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale(photo left) Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale))

With the html closures and the hspace=”7″ vspace=”7″ align=”left” wrap instructions included:

(photo left) Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale(photo left) Cattleheart Swallowtails (left and right) from Mexico and northern South America: artful science from the hand of Titian Ramsey Peale
The evolution of the world tends to show the absolute importance of the category of the individual apart from the crowd… But as yet we have not come very far concretely, though it is recognized in abstracto. That explains why it still impresses people as prideful and overweening arrogance to speak of the separate individual, whereas this precisely is truly human: each and every one is an individual. Soren Kierkegaard

Again, without the caption instruction, it wraps, but of course you don’t get a proper caption under the image. Must be some solution.

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More text sample if needed:
Who does not know the truth is simply a fool, yet who knows the truth and calls it a lie is a criminal. – Bertold Brecht

One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai, 17, Pakistani schoolgirl awarded the 2014 Nobel peace prize after recovering from her Taliban shooting in the head.

How easily the learned give up the evidence of their senses to preserve the coherence of ideas in their imagination. – Adam Smith

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that. – John Stuart Mill

Seven years ago I went over to do what turned out to be the last interview with Bob McNamara who was Secretary of Defense for Kennedy and Johnson, Mr Vietnam, who apologized for Vietnam. It was three hours and he had an apartment in the Watergate. I kept pressing McNamara to squeeze out what’s the final lesson of the mistake of Vietnam and he said There is one lesson. That is, the advisers to the President need to sit around with the president and argue with him and say, Wait a minute, let’s look at all the options. You have to create a conflict situation. He said What happens in the Presidency is that no one wants to argue with the President, particularly in front of other advisers. So the President gets isolated and lives in a bubble and I think you can argue that happens to every President including this one.- Bob Woodward (on Face The Nation Sun Aug 9 2014).

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. – Voltaire

To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature. – Voltaire

I respect these mysteries; I submit myself to those who announce them. For they agree with me, that my reason, or their own reason, believe them not; but it is clear that if my reason is not persuaded, I am not persuaded. I and my reason cannot possibly be two different beings. It is an absolute contradiction that I should receive that as true which my understanding rejects as false. Faith, therefore, is nothing but submissive or deferential incredulity.
But why should this submission be exercised when my understanding invincibly recoils? The reason, we well know, is, that my understanding has been persuaded that the mysteries of my faith are laid down by God Himself. All, then, that I can do, as a reasonable being, is to be silent and adore. This is what divines call external faith; and this faith neither is, nor can be, anything more than respect for things incomprehensible, in consequence of the reliance I place on those who teach them.
If God Himself were to say to me, “Thought is of an olive color”; “the square of a certain number is bitter”; I should certainly understand nothing at all from these words. I could not adopt them either as true or false. But I will repeat them, if He commands me to do it; and I will make others repeat them at the risk of my life. This is not faith; it is nothing more than obedience. – Voltaire

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. – Voltaire

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. – Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing. – Voltaire

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too. – Voltaire. (Usually misquoted as: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – actually S. G. Tallentyre’s paraphrase of Voltaire’s attitude in The Friends of Voltaire (1907))

Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it. – Samuel Johnson
We may see the small value God has for riches, by the people he gives them to. – Alexander Pope (Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1792)
The certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows, ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform. It is true, that no diligence can ascertain success; death may intercept the swiftest career; but he who is cut off in the execution of an honest undertaking has at least the honour of falling in his rank, and has fought the battle, though he missed the victory.- Samual Johnson (Rambler 134)

Man’s mind cannot grasp the causes of events in their completeness, but the desire to find those causes is implanted in man’s soul. And without considering the multiplicity and complexity of the conditions any one of which taken separately may seem to be the cause, he snatches at the first approximation to a cause that seems to him intelligible and says: “This is the cause!” – Leo Tolstoy War and Peace, 1869.


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