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Prose description of the hr element

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 01:30:44 +0100
To: www-html@w3.org
Cc: www-html-editor@w3.org
Message-ID: <3e0c8334.109697977@smtp.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>

Hi,

  Over time, the prose description of the HTML hr element has changed:

HTML 2.0:
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  5.9. Horizontal Rule: HR
  
     The <HR> element is a divider between sections of text; typically a
     full width horizontal rule or equivalent graphic.  For example:
  
      <HR>
      <ADDRESS>February 8, 1995, CERN</ADDRESS>
      </BODY>

HTML 3.2:
---------
  HR - horizontal rules

    Horizontal rules may be used to indicate a change in topic. In a
    speech based user agent, the rule could be rendered as a pause.

HTML 4.01:
----------

  15.3 Rules: the HR element
    [...]
    The HR element causes a horizontal rule to be rendered by visual
    user agents.

From structure and logic in HTML 2.0 and HTML 3.2 it became purely
presentational in HTML 4.01. Is this change intended? If not, the
HTML 4.01 errata should clarify the actual meaning of the hr element.

regards.
Received on Monday, 18 November 2002 19:30:31 GMT

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