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Re: HTML comments and SSI

From: Alexander Biron <biron@ifh.de>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 08:25:13 +0200 (MEST)
To: "Richard A. O'Keefe" <ok@atlas.otago.ac.nz>
cc: html-tidy@w3.org, saexpress@netscape.net
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0009140820110.16464-100000@pbaik7.ifh.de>
Hi,

On Thu, 14 Sep 2000, Richard A. O'Keefe wrote:

> Chris Matson wrote:
> 	Pretty layout problem
> 	
> 	    <!-- comment goes here -->
> 	    <!--#include file="footer.inc" -->
> 	    <!-- another comment goes here -->
> 	
> 	when TIDY'd (? sp.) looks like this
> 	
> 	    <!-- comment goes here --><!--#include file="footer.inc" --><!-- another
> 	comment goes here -->
> 	
> Certainly a problem, because the two have different content.
> Put this in an element:
> <PRE>
> <!-- comment goes here -->
> <!--#include file="footer.inc" -->
> <!-- another comment goes here -->
> </PRE>
> This has content
> '\n' '<!--#include file="footer.inc" -->' '\n'
> in HTML, or
> '\n\n' '<!--#include file="footer.inc" -->' '\n\n'
> in XHTML.  The flattened form loses some of the newlines.
> Does Tidy always do this, or only in elements where spaces are
> squished (<P> and the like)?

Maybe I miss something, but an include file normally contains HTML,
e.g. the content of a navigation bar. When you put this between <pre>
and </pre>, you can get into trouble with the document the server
finally transmits to the user.

In this case I would not change anything with the HTML source, but would
really like to see tidy change. Here we are only concerned with the
pretty printing function of tidy. I don't know of any instances, where
authors want their comments to be moved around (like being appended to
the end of the previous line. So I would like to see tidy change to
leave comments where they are. The only issue one might argue about is
indenting. BTW, for this purpose, include statements are just comments.

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