Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0

eva (
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 10:59:23 +0200

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Subject: Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 10:59:23 +0200

> From: Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet <>
> 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.

As HTML claims to be a logical language then the statement: "The BR element
forcibly breaks (ends) the current line of text"  (text.html) must be
understood as --  multiple <BR>s will collapse.  In order to end (close)
something,  a line of text or anything else for that matter, that something
must first be opened or eventually reopened.  Try closing closed door. 

. but then perhaps the language isn't as logical as it is claimed (why call
nbsp a space when it is not?)