Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0

Walter Ian Kaye (walter@natural-innovations.com)
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 20:36:49 -0700


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Date: Sat, 12 Jul 1997 20:36:49 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
Subject: Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0

At 11:25p -0400 07/12/97, Liam Quinn wrote:
 > At 08:16 PM 12/07/97 -0700, Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
 > >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.

<grin> Nice try, but if you're going to talk about whitespace in general,
then you'll have to note that the list of whitespace characters does not
include nbspace, and that is why I simplified the equation to just space
vs. nbspace, leaving out the non-space whitespace characters.

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