Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0

Liam Quinn (
Sun, 13 Jul 1997 00:58:11 -0400

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Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 00:58:11 -0400
From: Liam Quinn <>
Subject: Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0
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At 12:45 AM 13/07/97 -0400, Jordan Reiter wrote:
>At 4:11 AM -0000 7/13/97, Liam Quinn wrote:
>>Not really, except perhaps that multiple spaces (non-breaking or
>>otherwise) are not structural elements and thus should be ignored.  HTML
>>4.0 defines the &nbsp; entity as a method for prohibiting a line break.
>>If we accept &nbsp; as a non-collapsing, non-breaking space, HTML 4.0's
>>definition would have to be augmented to also define &nbsp; as a method
>>for forcing a space.  But the fact that multiple spaces have nothing to 
>>with structure and everything to do with presentation suggests that non-
>>collapsible spaces have no place in HTML.
>I'm not positive about this, but I'm guessing there are many instances in
>which more than one space is applicable to content rather than simply
>appearance.  I know, for example, that a sentence is normally supposed to
>be followed by two spaces, for whatever reason.

For the same reason that paragraphs are sometimes indented five spaces:  
presentation.  I can use one, two, or three spaces after a sentence and it 
won't change the structure, just the presentation.

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