Re: space

Jonathan Rosenne (100320.1303@CompuServe.COM)
25 Sep 96 11:45:33 EDT


Date: 25 Sep 96 11:45:33 EDT
From: Jonathan Rosenne <100320.1303@CompuServe.COM>
To: WWW HTML List <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: Re: space 
Message-ID: <960925154532_100320.1303_JHF58-1@CompuServe.COM>

Chris Lilley <Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr> wrote:
>On Sep 21, 11:51pm, Jon Bosak wrote:
>
>> Code point 10/00 (decimal 160) is called NO-BREAK SPACE in ISO 8859-1
>> (Latin Alphabet No. 1).  It is defined as follows:
>>
>>    6.3.2 NO-BREAK SPACE (NBSP)
>>
>>    A graphic character the visual representation of which consists of
>>    the absence of a graphic symbol, for use when a line break is to
>>    be prevented in the text as presented.
>[...]
>However, this is not what I and I guess most people assume is meant by a
>non-breaking space. What I understand is:
>
>1) it looks like a space (same width of space, etc
>2) consecutive nbsp are not folded into one
>3) you don't get a line break there
>
>Given the official ISO definition quoted above, I can cite no
>supporting evidence for two of those three assumptions....

Please remember that in principle ISO 8859 series are orientated to
non-proportional fonts. Although dated in the early '90s, their origin is in the
'80s.

Jonathan