I'm having some issues with Rich Text fields in XPM. When I add markup with html tags like <p> or div XPM seems to get confused. When I click on rich text field with those tags in it XPM treats it like an empty field and adds a new box with <add text> or populates it with a copy of content in it and moves the existing content down. This is not a multi-value field. Is this a bug or am I doing something wrong? Here is my markup and some screenshots:

  <!-- Start Component Field: {"XPath":"tcm:Content/custom:Content/custom:Content[1]"} -->
    <p>Generic Item Content <a href="/showcase/LinkTest.jsp"  title="Copy of Generic Item" >Generic Item</a></p>
    <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: center;">asdasdasdasdasd asdasdasdasd</p>

XPM Issue 3 XPM Issue 1 XPM Issue 2

  • Can you check if this is consistent across browsers or just with Chrome? It could be due to html rules (p and div are not valid within a span, so you may want to explore using a different tag - this is a parameter in the Enable Inline Editing TBB)
    – Nuno Linhares
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 19:56
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    I tested it in IE and Chrome and it was happening. Switching to div corrected it. I should have thought of that. Post it as an answer so I can mark you correct. Thanks!
    – Nate Niemi
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 20:15

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It probably is because of html validation in your browser. <span> cannot contain block elements, like <div> or <p>, and changing the element used by Experience Manager in the "Enable Inline Editing" Template Building Block should solve this (you can use a div for instance).

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