Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0

Liam Quinn (liam@htmlhelp.com)
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 23:25:43 -0400


Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.19970712232543.00886e00@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 1997 23:25:43 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Subject: Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0
In-Reply-To: <v03102857afedf7120c4a@[205.149.180.135]>

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At 08:16 PM 12/07/97 -0700, Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
>At 10:11p -0400 07/12/97, Liam Quinn wrote:
> > At 06:59 PM 12/07/97 -0700, David Perrell wrote:
> > >Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet wrote:
> > >> 2. There is definite statement on &nbsp;&nbsp; being collapsing or
> > >not.
> > >
> > >A statement there should definitely be, and it should definitely be
> > >'not'.
> >
> > Why?
>
>At the risk of repeating what I probably already said sometime last year,
>a non-breaking space is not a space -- it just *looks* like one. In the
>Courier font (or a similar typewriter-mimicking font), the number "1"
>looks exactly like the lowercase "l". But it's a different character code
>and therefore a different character: nbspace is not space.
>
>Syllogism:
>
>Major premise: Spaces collapse.
>Minor premise: NBspace is not a space. (It's just rendered to look like 
one.)
>   Conclusion: Ergo, NBspaces do not collapse.

Major premise: Spaces collapse.
Minor premise: Newline is not a space.  (It's just rendered to look like 
one.)
   Conclusion: Ergo, newlines do not collapse.

I'm mostly playing devil's advocate here.  I've seen good arguments for 
and against collapsing non-breaking spaces, and I just thought that David 
shouldn't be let off without giving an argument.

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