Tastes great! Less filling!

Lee Daniel Crocker (lcrocker@calweb.com)
Fri, 2 Aug 1996 14:05:40 -0700 (PDT)

Message-Id: <199608022105.OAA07873@web1.calweb.com>
Subject: &nbsp; Tastes great! Less filling!
To: www-html@w3.org
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 1996 14:05:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Daniel Crocker" <lcrocker@calweb.com>
In-Reply-To: <rJkAy4uYOBBU089yn@stack.urc.tue.nl> from "Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet" at Aug 2, 96 08:01:15 pm

Let's sum up and see if we can end this interminable thread
with a decision from the big guys.

To sum up, there are two ways to look at &nbsp;

  1. It's just like the letter "G", but using no ink.
  2. It's just like a space, except you can't break a line there.

There are many arguments on both sides:

  #1 is simple to explain and trivial to implement
  #1 is closer to current practice in a particular piece 
    of shi^H^Hoftware that shall remain nameless.
  #2 better fits advanced typological practice: e.g. justified
    text will pad or squeeze them like other spaces.
  #2 it's _called_ a space, so it should act like one (a pretty
    silly argument if you ask me, but it was brought up).

So, can the W3C just agree to pick one for the next version
of whatever they release, document it, and be done with it?

Lee Daniel Crocker <lee@piclab.com>