I have a Matrix field with a Rich Text Cell Type. When I output it on the frontend there are no paragraph tags. How do I add them? Other tags (e.g. <strong> display fine).

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{exp:channel:entries channel="channel_faq"}

EE 2.6.1

Matrix 2.5.6


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Go into Admin > Channel Administration > Channels > Edit Preferences (beside the appropriate channel). Under “Channel Posting Preferences”, make sure that the “Default HTML formatting in channel entries” setting is set to “Allow ALL HTML”.

  • Thanks @Brandon for the lightning quick response, but I can confirm I already have it set to "Allow ALL HTML" on the Channel. I've tried changing it and setting it back, but no effect.
    – jkns.co
    Sep 4, 2013 at 15:03
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    In that case it sounds like a bug with EE’s RTE field. You would be far from the first person to have similar issues with it. Most people end up just going with a third party WYSIWYG fieldtype like Wygwam. Sep 4, 2013 at 16:36

To help you, try this.

Go to the following db table and check that your paragraph tags are being saved: exp_matrix_data

If they dont exist then the issue is with matrix cell.

If the do exist, then check the source code of the rendered html page.

  • Thanks @dadonbike. I've checked the exp_matrix_data and there is no markup for paragraphs (<p>) in there. I can see other markup (e.g. <b>). So the issue is with Matrix?
    – jkns.co
    Sep 5, 2013 at 7:53
  • The gentleman here, Brandon Kelly has also given you a clue. Hes also the guy who wrote Matrix, so now you know the issue is with Matrix. Beyond that i cant help you.
    – Lloyd Hill
    Sep 5, 2013 at 9:26

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