Confluence markup changes by itself

I have some big API docs in our confluence system and often when I edit part of the doc, it will cascade a bunch of changes down thru the doc. So for instance I set up a TOC that only shows Heading 4's. I've made a simple change to something in the doc and all the Heading 4's change to Paragraphs without my touching them at all (so they no longer show up in the TOC). Or suddenly after I save I have a bunch of extraneous Heading 4's. I have lots of sections of Preformatted Code that gets changed to Paragraphs by itself. In short I am finding the editor extremely hard to predict and work with because I never know what the F it's going to do with my text. I know you have no plans to restore the ability to see the actual formatting of the code, which is too bad, because at least then I knew why my text was doing what it was doing! Anyway, if there is something I can do to prevent this happening, I'd really appreciate it. We're using Confluence 5.2.5.

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Hello Barclay,

the Source Editor Plugin may be helpful in your case, at least to check the source code:


Accepted as the best workaround available. Confluence gets up to hijinks with the html unless you edit it using the plugin. I got our admins to install the plugin and it has helped a lot. Thanks.

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