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Re: <q> vs <p>

From: Sam Kuper <sam.kuper@uclmail.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 13:20:53 +0000
Message-ID: <4126b3450810310620o71d4a076l95b1c5d9f976a8e9@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Jim Jewett" <jimjjewett@gmail.com>
Cc: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
2008/10/31 Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>

> Justin James and Robert Burns wrote:


This is confusing; please could you express more clearly about who you are
quoting?


> But note that what [the <p> element] adds is strictly whitespace.  The
> parser has always
> been allowed to normalize whitespace (including line breaks and leading
> tabs) to whatever it feels is appropriate.


I think you may be conflating two things:

(1) The insertion of whitespace by an HTML rendering engine upon
encountering a <p> element.
(2) The discarding of superfluous whitespace in elements' content or between
elements, by an HTML parser.


> Quotation marks are not whitespace, and adding or removing them is
> something that the parser normally shouldn't do, any more than it
> should add or remove vowels.


The suggestion that a UA (I think this is what you meant by "a parser")
should not add or remove vowels and, therefore, should not add or remove
quotation marks, is a non sequitur. As such, I don't think it has any weight
against the proposals I've outlined elsewhere about <q>.

Regards,

Sam
Received on Friday, 31 October 2008 13:21:29 UTC

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