Ouch!  So because you don't condone it, those of us who have naively used  HTML in notes should be punished?  I don't mean to be flippant, but that's the way I read your reply... please let me know if I misinterpreted you.
I would love to hear your advice on how to better structure a narrative web report without using HTML tags in notes, but as I said before, it will take weeks to "undo" them all... and I only used the <pre> tag because that is precisely what GRAMPS 2 used when I did as you suggested and checked the "preformatted" checkbox.  The trouble with that checkbox is that it isn't selective... it affects either the entire note or none of it at all.
So should I take away from this that GRAMPS 3 interpreting linebreaks inside <pre> tags as paragraphs rather than <br> is permanent behavior? ...not open to discussion?

On 4/5/08, Brian Matherly <brian@gramps-project.org> wrote:

> I thought I remembered seeing this discussed while
> you were developing 3.0,
> so I hesitated to post it to the bugs forum... but I
> can't find the posts (I
> think) I remember now.
> Was the <pre> tag intentionally crippled in 3.0?  I
> thought there was
> mention of something like that while you were
> working on formatted notes...
> but since that was removed, shouldn't <pre> still
> work as it did before?
> I have been using piecemeal HTML tags in my notes
> since day one, so I have
> quite a huge number of them now.  It would take
> weeks to go back now and
> remove all of the line breaks that I *intentionally*
> put in my
> <pre>-formatted notes because 2.x supported
> them--something I may be faced
> with again when you do add note formatting, and
> certainly don't want to do
> twice!
> The problem is that line breaks within the <pre>
> section were translated as
> <br> before, but now are <p></p>.  I only used <pre>
> because it was very
> simple and effective at the time...

Sorry, but I don't know the answer to your question. I
know a lot of people think putting HTML tags in notes
is clever. But personally, I do not condone the use of
HTML in notes under any circumstance.

If you want to use line breaks in your notes, I
recommend that you check the "preformatted" checkbox,
and then format the notes in the manor you see fit.