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I just created this post - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7875... - and ran into a whole bunch of new formatting problems that I've never seen before.

I should mention, I edited the post several times after entering it, but each time, I copied and saved what I had written, so I wasn't using those awful extra tabs and lines that the software has been creating when you edit a post without copying it from the previous time.

1. Paragraphs ending with a colon (":"). Two of my paragraphs ended with a colon. Instead of displaying a colon, the finished post displayed the two characters "%3". I found that, by adding a space after the colon, I could prevent this from happening and instead have my post displayed with the colon.

2. Dropping the first letter of a paragraph. I have a paragraph that begins with the words, "As you can see, ...". When that's how the paragraph started out, it would not display the capital A at the start of the phrase, and would only display it as "s you can see, ...". I found that, by adding a space before the word "As", I could prevent this from happening and instead have the word As displayed properly.

3. Double-spacing of lists. I have two lists of links at the bottom of the post, and I entered them with single spacing. However, the post displays them double-spaced. I could not find a workaround for this.

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  1. Okay, I'm going to test it now, by copying in the same content as the post but without putting the spaces after the colons or the space before the word As, and leaving the lists of links single-spaced...

    EDIT: Okay, for whatever reason, it formatted the post properly when I just tested it out, without any of those new glitches showing up. < shrug >

    The travel time depends on how you get there - Metra/Pace, or CTA/Pace. It also depends on your connecting time between Metra or CTA and the Pace bus, which may or may not be lengthy. And it depends on where you're leaving from downtown and your distance to the train station to go north. All of which are outlined below. Bottom line, it could take you as little as one hour or as much as two hours, each way, door to door.

    Metra commuter trains leave from the Ogilvie Transportation Center on the west side of the Loop. (I recommend allowing extra time there to check out the French Market located in the station - www.frenchmarketchicago.com ). You'll take the Union Pacific North train to the Wilmette station; the ride takes about 30 minutes if it's not prime commuting hours, and there are some express trains during commuting hours that do it in as little as 23 minutes. The one-way train fare is $3.50, assuming you buy the ticket in the Ogilvie station (there's an extra charge if you buy it on the train). You will then have to catch the Pace #422 bus which takes 3 minutes to get you to Lake and Ridge in Wilmette; Zier's is a few doors south on the west side of the street. The one-way bus fare is $1.75 and for another $.25 you can get a transfer that you can use for 1-2 more rides within two hours (even for a reverse ride on the same route).

    The CTA runs el trains (some of which are elevated, others underground) from downtown to the Linden el station in Wilmette. If it's not prime commuting hours, you will need to take the Red Line to the Howard station, then catch the Purple Line from the same platform and take it to Linden. I'm guessing the train ride from downtown to Linden takes 60-70 minutes. In prime commuting hours, the Purple Line runs express, all the way to downtown Chicago and back; you can either catch the Purple Line along its route and take it all the way to Linden, or for a slightly faster option, you can catch the Red Line downtown and take it north to Fullerton, then catch the Purple Line express there from the same platform and take it to Linden. When you're using the Purple Line express, the ride from downtown to Linden takes 45-55 minutes. The CTA train ride costs $2.25 one-way; for an extra $.25 you can take up to two additional rides within two hours of paying, but to do this you need to load money onto a fare card which you can buy at any el station; paying cash fares won't allow you to transfer. From Linden, you can catch the #422 Pace bus which takes 7 minutes to get you to Lake and Ridge in Wilmette; Zier's is a few doors south on the west side of the street. The one-way bus fare is $1.75 and for another $.25 you can get a transfer that you can use for 1-2 more rides within two hours (even for a reverse ride on the same route).

    As you can see, taking Metra is the faster way to get there, but that depends on where you're located downtown; for example, if you're leaving from the hotel area along the "Mag Mile" of North Michigan Avenue, you can walk to the CTA Red Line in a few minutes, but it may take you 15-20 minutes to take a bus or walk to the Ogilvie Center to catch a train. It also depends on the train and bus schedules.

    The CTA trains run pretty often, with generally no more than 10-15 minutes between trains. However, the Metra trains and Pace buses generally run once an hour outside of prime commuting times. See the links below for schedules.

    Oh, one more thing - Zier's (which I love, and go there often) is a small butcher shop. Yes, they have the finest prime grade meats in the Chicago area, but there isn't all that much to see unless you like looking in the cases at the cuts of meat. There are some excellent butcher shops in and near downtown Chicago if you don't want to go all the way to Zier's; Fox & Obel has excellent meats, and so does Gepperth's. Here are some discussions which recommend additional butcher shops in the city:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/561594
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/380774
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/477536

    Links:
    Metra Schedules and Info: www.metrarail.com
    CTA Info: www.transitchicago.com
    Pace Bus Info: www.pacebus.com
    Pace #422 Bus Schedule: www.pacebus.com/pdf/schedules/422sche...
    Pace #422 Bus Map: www.pacebus.com/pdf/maps/422map.pdf
    Zier's: www.ziersprime.com

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      So, it looks like that problem has gone away... and in my original post, my list of links has magically become single-spaced. Which is good!

      HOWEVER... When I go to edit the post just above this one (the one I just typed in a few minutes ago), the edited version has NO line breaks, and appears strung together as all one paragraph in the edit window. More weirdness!

      1. re: nsxtasy

        I'm also having problems with the system double-spacing things I'm only single spacing when I type them.

      2. re: nsxtasy

        I just had this trouble on this post:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788267

        The first letters of my last 3 sentences disappeared; I had to put a space before the letter to fix it. I also had to put a space after a colon to make it appears.

        This is annoying... I hope it gets fixed.

      3. I just had two more instances in which punctuation marks (a colon and a greater than sign) which appeared correct the first time I typed the post, were changed when I went back to edit it. It also dropped a zero and created an erroneous paragraph break. My post is displaying properly when I first type it in, but when I go to edit it, it changes some punctuation marks without my changing anything myself.

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        1. re: nsxtasy

          Here's how they originally looked:
          ---------------------------------------------

          Keep in mind, that drive time of one hour will increase dramatically if it is during prime commuting hours (evening, roughly 3:00-6:30 pm).

          >> Rye Bread?

          And here's how they looked after editing:
          -------------------------------------------------------

          Keep in mind, that drive time of one hour will increase dramatically if it is during prime commuting hours (evening, roughly 3%3

          -6:30 pm).

          3E> Rye Bread?

          1. re: nsxtasy

            I'm creating two posts with paragraphs ending in a colon like this:

            I'm going to leave this post alone, and then type the same thing but go back in and edit it to see if it changes the colon.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              I'm creating two posts with paragraphs ending in a colon like this%3

              I left the previous post alone, and am now typing the same thing, but I will go back in and edit it to see if it changes the colon.

              EDIT: I am editing this post but am not doing anything to change the colon above. If it changes to something else, it's an illustration of the problem.

          2. re: nsxtasy

            Same here - trouble with a dollar sign. Came out OK first time I typed it, but went back to edit and the $ turned into the number 24. Tried to re-edit several times, same problem.

          3. Since one of the problems was dropping the leading capital A in a paragraph, I'm guessing that's what also happened at the end of the first post in this topic

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788099

            where the post is signed "nne". I bet she typed in her name, "Anne", and the formatting dropped the capital A, probably when she went back and edited the post.

            1. I've been having that miserable editing problem since before the following thread was started:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784765

              I hate to say it but I'm glad I'm not the only one...because at first I thought it was just My still new-ish computer.

              1. Here's one from the Manhattan board, posted by a user who's not in the habit of misspelling things ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7878... ... see pic).

                Note the colon-turned-%3 at the end of the first sentence. The second and third restaurants are called A Voce; but the A's have gone missing. Ditto for the A in the fourth restaurant, Aquavit, and the D in David Burke Townhouse and Del Posto.