Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0

Arnoud (galactus@htmlhelp.com)
Sun, 13 Jul 1997 15:09:25 +0200


From: galactus@htmlhelp.com (Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet)
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 15:09:25 +0200
Message-ID: <FONyz4uYON0e089yn@htmlhelp.com>

In article <199707130443.VAA06705@italy.it.earthlink.net>,
"David Perrell" <davidp@earthlink.net> wrote:
> No, for the same reason as &nbsp;. HTML should not be an exercise in
> pedantry. Choose the interpretation that provides the most power of
> expression. Do not actively limit presentational possibilities for the
> sake of structural Puritanism.

The problem right now is that you as an author simply *do not know*
whether <BR><BR> or &nbsp;&nbsp; will collapse or not. This makes
it next to impossible to use it "properly", because you may very
well be using an undocumented feature or error recovery side-effect.
If the spec said "<BR><BR> collapses" or "&nbsp; is not a space,
it just looks like one", then you could rely on this behaviour.

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