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Keeping newlines as is?
Can I display the newline without using the magical '\\'? I find that when DokuWiki parses my document it eats up all my newlines, but I want the newlines displayed just as what I input.
If you want a new paragraph just add a blank line. Preformatted text is possible with <file> and <code> tags. A mode which preserves newlines but applies other formatting is not available currently. As a side effect this encourages the users to create more structured texts, creating paragraphs for logical blocks.
The linebreak plugin allows you to use simple line breaks to add normal line breaks.