Message-Id: <199609192345.QAA04935@sqwest.west.sq.com> Date: Thu, 19 Sep 1996 16:45:13 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Lauren Wood) To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: sgml-lex: White space in tags? In-Reply-To: <199609192340.QAA23281@sqampi.west.sq.com>; from "lauren" at Thu Sep 19 16:45:13 1996 % From: John Gilmore <email@example.com> % % A question came up at my site about whether white space is acceptable % in tags, and I was unable to figure out from the stuff I could find at % the W3.org web site whether this is valid or not. % % It's extremely unfortunate that HTML is based on a proprietary spec % that we can't distribute online. I hope W3C is trying to remedy this % situation. How much money would it take to pry loose the SGML spec % from ISO for public distribution without restriction? I can attempt % to provide or raise this money, if they have a price. If they refuse % to permit public use at any price, I think the HTML community should % duplicate the work (to the extent that we need it) and separate from % the SGML community. % % I tried reading the HTML lexical analyzer to answer the question, but % it uses features of flex that I've never seen before and don't % understand. % % Here's the specific issue: % % When doing HTML anchors (links), the closing ">" on the <A HREF...> % element needs to be in contact with the rest of it: % % <A HREF="/pub/join/index.html">Join EFF today</A>! % % not: % % <A HREF="/pub/join/index.html" % >Join EFF today</A>! % % Netscape is smart enough to parse the 2nd example, but many other % browsers aren't. % % I think this is incorrect; I hope the spec allows arbitrary white-space % inside the < ... > delimiters. But, it's sad but true, I can't find % a spec for this. White space is allowed as in the second example. This applies to start tags and end tags. White space is not allowed between the "<" and the "A", as this changes it from being a start tag to being just the two characters "<" and "A". White space is allowed before, between, and after attributes. You can check these with James Clark's SP package, at www.jclark.com/sp.html. cheers, Lauren --- Lauren Wood, SoftQuad, Inc.