Re: Collapsing breaks & non-beaking spaces.

David Perrell (
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 08:41:26 -0700

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Subject: Re: Collapsing breaks & non-beaking spaces.
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 08:41:26 -0700

Liam Quinn wrote:
> I'm sure that was fun...  Now how is declaring the non-breaking space
> collapsible different than deprecating elements like FONT?

As I understand it, deprecating an element is done when there is
another, preferred method of accomplishing the same thing. Deprecating
FONT makes no judgment about the rightness or wrongness of FONT in its
previous usage, nor does it demand that UAs stop supporting it.

Current usage of consecutive &nbsp is common. Declaring it as wrong
immediately renders thousands of pages illegal. Since most browsers now
treat &nbsp as if it were a character, with no special processing, it
would be better to leave the situation as it is, with no formal
declaration of 'correct' use, than it would be to declare common usage
unequivocally wrong.

David Perrell