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How do I keep text formatting when using Google Translate?

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Hi,

I am new to using Google Translate and I have found that it strips breaks <br /> when text is translated. Is there a way I can stop this from happening so that the text can retain its original formatting.

Example:
http://www.educationpages.co.nz/55-Intermediate/Murrays-Bay-Intermediate-11263/View-details.html
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by:leakim971
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no, I see lot of people complaining about that and there's no solution as there's no such setting to apply :
https://translate.google.com/manager/website/settings
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by:jwleys
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I wonder if anything can be applied at an API level or if anyone has any hacks that work including supplementing <br /> for <p> etc ...

Thanks for your input though it is much appreciated.
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leakim971 earned 500 total points
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IMHO it's normal for Google to remove linebreak before translating a text because sentence will not have the same length.

English (not the br at the end)
be or not to be be or not to be be or not to be<br />
be or not to be be or not to be be or not to be<br />
be or not to be be or not to be be or not to be<br />
be or not to be be or not to be be or not to be<br />

French :
être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être<br />
être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être<br />
être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être<br />
être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être<br />
être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être être ou ne pas être<br />

I don't know any hack. Did you try to replace <br /> by a <div></div>
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by:jwleys
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Good suggestion, seems to work and diverts the problem to being a data issue rather than a programming issue which I like :)
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by:jwleys
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Thanks for your help
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