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Re: HTML 4.01 and 5.0: is it somewhat "unspecific" about space characters

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 09:14:37 -0700
To: "Kenneth Kin Lum" <kenneth.kin.lum@gmail.com>
Cc: public-html-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.t8t7enjm64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 09:09:33 -0700, Kenneth Kin Lum  
<kenneth.kin.lum@gmail.com> wrote:
> hm... so you mean HTML take all spaces to be the content... and then...  
> it is CSS that decides to drop them?

CSS can't change content. They're just not rendered by default based on  
the white-space property value.

> So without using <pre>, is there a

The <pre> element has the CSS white-space property set to presering  
whitespace (the pre value) by default. You can make it act "normally" by  
setting white-space to normal.

> way that you could intentionally or accidentally expose the spaces by  
> defining user defined styles?

Yes, as I said in my earlier e-mail, use white-space:pre.

> I hope I am not trying to be critical here.  It was that I thought the  
> presence of space vs the absense of space does make a
> difference in the final presentation.

Presentation by itself is not an HTML issue.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Sunday, 30 March 2008 16:15:22 UTC

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