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From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 23:29:13 +0100 (BST)
To: html-tidy@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0205172328050.1538-100000@hazel>
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Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 11:23:15 -0700
From: webmaster@danzon.com
To: dsr@w3.org
Subject: tidy

Tidy almost works, but can't be used safely until this can be fixed:

There's sort of a major problem with tidy in that it by default
places the </td> tag on its own line, which basically destroys any
fine tuned table structure in most browsers out there by adding a
space, this also happens if say you have a block of text ended by
</p> followed by </td>, you hopefully have noted by now in your
career that the space between the last line of text increases
slightly if the </td> is on its own line, as opposed to following
the </p> tag, like </p></td>. This is the reality of most browsers
out there.

Of course, you can run tidy to xhtml specs, then reformat your code
in dreamweaver, setting the break before </td> option off in its
configuration file, but that's getting pretty darned obscure, not to
mention a major pain in the butt, and excludes like 99% of the
world's users, since almost noone can do that, or even knows that
can be done.

Your wrox book too had a bunch of these kinds of very subtle errors
and descrepancies that make me wonder a little about the people who
are making these standards. Not to mention that extremely, to put it
mildly, unfortunate decision to include a free advertisement for
that Mosquito product, whose connection to html and xhtml is distant
at best. Fortunately O'Reilly press sometimes is able to point out
some of these errors.
Received on Friday, 17 May 2002 18:29:22 UTC

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