Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0

Liam Quinn (liam@htmlhelp.com)
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 23:50:19 -0400


Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.19970712235019.0088b200@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 1997 23:50:19 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Subject: Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0
In-Reply-To: <v03102858afedfcd0654b@[205.149.180.135]>

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At 08:36 PM 12/07/97 -0700, Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
>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

What list?

While I believe that Perl does not include the non-breaking space in \s, 
I've never seen a formal definition of whitespace with regard to HTML, 
SGML, ISO-8859-1, etc.  If you could direct me to one, I'd appreciate it.

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