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, 2015ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number
December 9, 2015
March 30, 2022
ArcGIS for Desktop
Operating System Version
After review by the development team, it has been determined that this issue is related to a known limitation with the software that lies outside of Esri's control. The issue's Additional Information section may contain further explanation.
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.