The first three options you'll see on the Writing Settings screen (Figure 3-7) have to do with the editor you'll see on the Post and Page Edit screens. WordPress uses the popular TinyMCE editor for its rich text option. The HTML view uses normal markup, but line breaks are converted automatically: one becomes a <br /> tag; two denotes a break between paragraphs. In either view, the size of the post box is determined by the number of lines specified on this screen. The next two options determine how the editor will handle emoticons (a complete set of smilies is included in WordPress) and any XHTML you enter.

■ Tip: TinyMCE doesn't always handle advanced markup well. If the visual editor drives you crazy, look on your user profile page (Users > Your Profile) for a checkbox that allows you to turn it off altogether.

WordPress requires posts and links to be assigned to at least one category. Here, you can specify which categories should be checked by default when you create new posts and links. You probably haven't set up any categories yet, but you can always return to this page later.

Figure 3-7. The Writing Settings screen
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