To <P> or not to <P> (fwd)

MegaZone (megazone@livingston.com)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 14:30:15 -0700 (PDT)


Message-Id: <199608192130.OAA29044@server.livingston.com>
Subject: To <P> or not to <P> (fwd)
To: www-html@w3.org
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 1996 14:30:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>

Once upon a time Scott Porad shaped the electrons to say...
>Some folks say that when no attribute is required a simple <P> between
>blocks of text, ie paragraphs, should not be used.  Rather, two (2) <BR>
>tags should be used.  Other folks think that is silly and not the correct
>way to use <BR> tags.  Those (other) folks think that if you insist that a
>plain <P> tag is incorrect then <P>...text...</P><P>...text...</P> should
>always be used (as opposed to <BR><BR>).

Technically multiple <BR> tags are supposed to be collapsed to one tag.
So <BR><BR> may as well be <BR> - of course, Netscape does not do this.
Personally I'd like to see the spec changed to NOT collapse it as it is
useful in forcing some whitespace.  But let's put that aside.

My point is that some browser may do what is technically correct, and then
you won't get the effect you expect.  So using <P> is safer.  The closing
tag is optional.  I always use it, but leaving it off is valid.

-MZ
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