Re: When to use <p></p>

Michael Godsey (
Tue, 19 Dec 95 08:45:10 TZ

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From: Michael Godsey <>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 95 08:45:10 TZ
Subject: Re: When to use <p></p>

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| From: lilley  <>

| > <P> is not a container object, so there is no </P>.  You can throw it
| > in, and most browsers won't mind.  It's not a required element, though.
| >  <P> is just a paragraph seperator, not a container.
| On the contrary, such misinformation is damaging. Please check your
| sources before posting answers. I refer you to RFC 1866.
| For anyone that was confused:

Thanks for clearing up the confusion I started.  That'll teach me to be 
more precise.  In the interest of trying to clear up a very common 
"newbie confusion" question I get a LOT (not implying the original 
poster was a newbie - I just intrepreted the question as being more 
simplistic than the original intent), I choose to speak in a more 
conversational tone.  Back in the "good 'ole days" this was easier to 
do, in part because HTML was much less confusing.   There weren't a 
gazillion extensions being bantered about, and people generally knew 
they were either coding to the 'standard' or using those heathenistic 
'extensions'.  It ain't so easy now.

I wish to *goodness* I had never used the term "container" in my reply. 
 I'm used to speaking to all different levels of users, and have 
slipped into a more metaphoric way of describing HTML, and sometimes 
the metaphoric terms actually have a more precise technical meaning.

Anyway, my intent was only to show that in most cases (and since the 
question seemed pretty general, I figured it wasn't worth trying to 
eludicate on the various cases where the exception would hold) the 
ENDING TAG for the PARAGRAPH ELEMENT was optional.  Simple enough, had 
I said it that way.

Of course, if I have again mis-spoken, I trust all of the sharp-eyed 
residents here will correct me ;->

(But please, read peoples replies before doing so - we don't all need 
to hear the same admonsihment over and over.)