Hard and Soft Breaks

It is important to understand hard and soft paragraph breaks in Campusuite. Briefly, a hard paragraph break is when you press the enter (or return) key to start a new paragraph. A soft paragraph break is when you hold down the "shift" key while pressing the enter (or return) key. The difference is that instead of starting a new paragraph with a hard break, you are starting a new line with a soft break. In other words, hard breaks will create a new "section" of text or content, whereas soft breaks will give you a new line, but you are still editing the same "section" as you were.

This is significant and important to understand as you apply styles in your pages. Styles are set up in Campusuite to allow you to select some text and then apply a style by selecting one from either the "format" or "style" pull-down menus. When a style such as H1, H2, etc. is applied, it is told to apply to the entire paragraph. If there is a soft break, the style would continue to apply until the next hard break. In many cases, there could be two soft breaks that look like a single hard break and this can leave the user wondering why the style is not applying right.

Below are some examples of the different kinds of line breaks in in the editor. The first screen will show the visual effect of the break, and the second will show the markup in the backend of the page.


Hard Break:


Soft Break:


Double Soft Break:


Notice how the hard break and the double soft break look visually; they are almost identical. If you look at their markup, however, their difference is a bit more clear. So, although a hard break and a double soft break may look the same, they do not accomplish the same task. The hard break "sections off" two pieces of content, whereas the double soft break simply leaves a blank line between the two entries, yet they are still contained in the same "section".