Re: HTML 3.2 PR TEXTAREA WRAP attribute

Carl Morris (
Tue, 12 Nov 1996 17:03:48 -0600

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From: "Carl Morris" <>
To: "Peter Flynn" <>, "WWW HTML List" <>
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 PR TEXTAREA WRAP attribute
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 17:03:48 -0600

|    * what to do with manually-inserted LFs on a Mac (where CR alone 
|      is the newline character) and manually-inserted CRs under UNIX 
|      (where LF alone is the newline);

Never ever should anything be added to the text.  I thought the HTML
3.2 spec made it pretty clear WHY there was no WRAP...  simply, there
is no use, and HTML is not supposed to transmit STYLE... this is STYLE,
not CONTENT...  I want what I put in the BOX to be sent to the server,
not some

really chopped
up version of

To go on, the spec clearly states that all line ends will be marked
with CR/LF, no CR, not LF, but both.  When encoded to the CGI, this
becomes %0D%0A.  I have written CGI's in DOS, and have not had any
trouble processing data up to the memory limit of a DOS application.

| I'd agree completely. This isn't just a presentation issue, it can
| very important when writing the script that processes it.

The script dictates what medium it uses, not the browser, not the user,
you should get the data back in long lines that represent paragraphs,
not parts of, not parts of lines.  It should be up to your app to
decide where and what it has to do with the data, and should process it
accordingly... not the browser.  Its choice may still not be what you
want.  Remember MSIE uses a proportional font...