If I have multiple paragraphs of text in a rich text field, and I select them all and select "Quote" from the formatting menu, the <p> tags are stripped out and replaced with double <br> tags, like so:

This is some text.<br><br>
Here's some more text.<br>

Is there any way to preserve the <p> tags, like so?

    <p>This is some text.</p>
    <p>Here's some more text.</p>

I've been through the Redactor documentation and config settings and haven't found anything that seems relevant.

  • I don't think this is currently possible with Redactor. I tried to add custom formatting styles with the formattingAdd config, but it looks like you can't nest block elements, just replace one with another, like you're seeing with p and blockquote. Wrapping multiple block elements with an inline element is also not possible.
    – carlcs
    Jul 13, 2015 at 20:50
  • That's unfortunate. AFAIK, it's perfectly valid to place <p> tags and other block elements inside <blockquote> tags. Thanks for your response. Jul 14, 2015 at 22:30
  • It's also not possible to add inline styles to headings, so no em or span in h2! And Imperavi has no plans changing this :(
    – carlcs
    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:01

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Would you consider an alternative Matrix based approach where one rich text field was used for article-copy and another separate rich text field, used for the blockquote?

So: Matrix field: "Article blocks"

  • Block 1: "Article"
  • Block 2: "Quote"

e.g. (screen shot from a current project...)

matrix block buttons

That way you could leverage Matrix functionality and allow more layout control as well - such as alignment etc - to the blockqoutes, and maintain your paragraphs as well.

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