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In ArcCatalog, clicking the Edit option in the Item Description window of a feature class that has metadata written using a custom metadata editor eliminates the white space paragraph formatting.

Last Published: December 31, 2015 ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number BUG-000092875
SubmittedDecember 9, 2015
Last ModifiedMarch 30, 2022
Applies toArcGIS for Desktop
Version found10.3
Operating SystemWindows OS
Operating System Version7
StatusKnown Limit

Additional Information

The custom editor provides a value in the abstract or description element as plain text. In ArcGIS metadata, this is a marked-up text element for compatibility with ArcGIS Online. In all cases, when transferring plain text to the marked-up text control used by the ArcGIS metadata editor, formatting provided in plain text such as carriage returns is not kept. This is also a problem when upgrading FGDC CSDGM-format metadata, for example. When users copy the original text to Microsoft Word, it actually adds formatting to the original plain text that users cannot see, which is maintained when the text is copied from Microsoft Word to the marked-up text control used by the ArcGIS metadata editor.


1. Copy the information to Microsoft Word before clicking Edit in the Item Description window. 2. Make the required edits on the metadata. 3. Copy the information from Microsoft Word, and paste the information back to the item details.

Steps to Reproduce

Bug ID: BUG-000092875


  • ArcGIS for Desktop

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