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[Bug 10828] i18n comment 4 : at least by default, <br> should constitute a bidi paragraph break

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--- Comment #44 from Aharon Lanin <aharon.lists.lanin@gmail.com> 2011-01-09 08:36:27 UTC ---
I reopened the bug because I was the one who opened it, and it turns that part
of the information based on which I opened it was incorrect. This deserved to
be brought to your attention, and let the chips fall where they may.

In my opinion things should stay as they currently are, i.e. with <br> defined
as a bidi paragraph break. As always, I admit that this is theoretically
inconsistent with the recommended use of <br>, for things like poetry and
addresses. However:

1. This is consistent with the way <br> is actually used, which is as the HTML
equivalent of a plain-text line break, which is most often actually a paragraph
break. Authors and applications that use <br> that way, e.g. when taking user
input into a contentEditable element, do so because it is a lot more convenient
to use than <p> or <div>, and (besides the bidi aspect, which most often is at
best a secondary concern) it works regardless of how the spec says <br> should
be used.

2. The bidi mis-ordering that is caused by the treatment as whitespace of a
line break that the author meant as a paragraph break is far worse than the
mis-ordering in the opposite case.

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