Re: Closing tags

Joe English (jenglish@crl.com)
Wed, 12 Apr 1995 11:10:28 -0700


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Subject: Re: Closing tags 
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Date: Wed, 12 Apr 1995 11:10:28 -0700
From: Joe English <jenglish@crl.com>


"David R. Rahbany" <drahbany@ctea.com> wrote:

> Please excuse my ignorance, but I'd like clarification
> on the "<P>" element.  Does this tag denote an _end_ of
> paragraph mark or a _begining/new_ paragraph mark?

A "P" element denotes _a_ paragraph;
the start-tag "<P>" marks the start of the paragraph
and the end-tag "</P>" marks the end of the paragraph.

> In 
> other words, which of the following should appear in a
> proper HTML document?
> 
> <P>This is a paragraph.
> 
> or
> 
> This is a paragraph<P>

The first -- with the start-tag at the beginning.

A note on terminology: the word "tag" refers to
the markup itself-- for example, the sequence of characters

  less-than-symbol, forward-slash, capital P, greater-than-symbol

is a "tag" (in this case an end-tag).

The word "element" refers to everything between
a start-tag and its corresponding end-tag.

To further confuse things, some elements like "P", "DT",
"DD", and "LI" allow the end-tag to be omitted.
and the parser is supposed to figure out where the 
element ends based on the context.


--Joe English

  jenglish@crl.com