Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0

Liam Quinn (liam@htmlhelp.com)
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 20:53:14 -0400


Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.19970714205314.008c61a0@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 20:53:14 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Subject: Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0
In-Reply-To: <v03102814aff06b379bc3@[205.149.180.135]>

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At 05:04 PM 14/07/97 -0700, Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
>At 6:40p -0400 07/14/97, Liam Quinn wrote:
> >
> > Even with this argument, I wonder how justifiable it is to argue that 
the
> > non-breaking space is not a space, when it has the word "space" in its
> > name.  If it were called the non-breaking transparent glyph... :)
>
>Hehehe. :)  Well, it's not so much what letters are in its name, but
>rather whether it should be considered whitespace. Now, what exactly is
>"whitespace"? I think it is bytes which do not convey information in
>themselves, and serve only as separators. Non-breaking spaces do infact
>convey information, and thus are unsafe to collapse.

Non-breaking spaces serve as separators, just a special kind of separator. 
 What information is conveyed by a non-breaking space?  That there should 
be no line break, which simply describes the type of separation.

> > > > use the BACKGROUND attribute for table cells even though the CSS
> > > > equivalent is better supported.
> > >
> > >Better supported? It's not supported at all in Navigator 3.0, and 
many
> > >people still use that (because Communicator is a monstrous disk/ram 
hog).
> >
> > Navigator 3.0 doesn't support the BACKGROUND attribute of table cells.
>
>Yes it does -- it is *table* background that Nav3 does not support.
>Table *cell* background is supported.

Can you provide some support for this?  My test with Netscape 3.01 failed.

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