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Re: Wordwrap in <PRE>-formatted text

From: Stefan Borggraefe <sbo@irb.cs.uni-dortmund.de>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 08:43:52 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199903171343.OAA11268@aladin.cs.uni-dortmund.de>
To: "Arne Stenstadvold, ABTV" <arne@abtv.no>
cc: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>, sbo@aladin.cs.uni-dortmund.de
> With Netscape Navigator (v.4.5) I can use the tag:
> <PRE WRAP> or
> <PRE WRAP="virtual"> (the value "virtual" could be anything at all, it works anyway)
> This does NOT work with Microsoft Internet Explorer (v.3.02 or v.4.0)
> Most employees in my company use MSIE, so I need a command that work with this browser.
> I have looked thorugh the HTML recommendations on the W3.org site, and I can't find anything that suggests wordwrap in PRE-formatted text. 
> BUT it says on the page:  "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/text.html#h-9.3.4"
> that the <PRE> command:
> " - May leave white space intact.
>   - May render text with a fixed-pitch font.
>   - May disable automatic word wrap.
>   - Must not disable bidirectional processing."
> The use of the word "MAY" leads me to believe that it is possible to ENABLE wordwrap.
> But how? And what is the command? And are there different commands for different browsers?

The <pre> element can occur in a context where wordwrap is enabled. I think the
REC means that <pre> can disable it in this context.

  Wordwrap is enabled here.
   Wordwrap may be disabled here by the browser.
  Wordwrap is enabled again.

To achive a <pre>-region with wordwrap you could also use <pre style="white-space:normal">,
but this doesn't work with IE 4 and 5 BETA either.
> Appreciate any input you can give me.
> If this is the wrong list to ask this question, please tell me!
> Arne Stenstadvold
> arne@abtv.no
> IT-administrator
> web-master
> www.abtv.no

Stefan Borggraefe

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