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Re: Ignoring empty paragraphs

From: Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 03:20:45 +0200
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <6mfies0pp5vq80u19efgrqj37rddpfkhij@4ax.com>
On Mon, 3 Apr 2000 19:53:18 -0400 (EDT), "L. David Baron"
<dbaron@fas.harvard.edu> wrote:

>Section 9.3.1 of the HTML spec [1] says "User agents should ignore
>empty P elements."  I am curious what the authors of this line intended
>it to mean...

> 1) An empty P element should be ignored at the parsing stage, and
>    therefore should not appear in the DOM and should not be affected
>    by style sheets.

This is the correct interpretation.

The purpose of markup is to provide structure to content, i.e. a final
marked up document shall appear as a serialized representation of a
structure where we have "content embedded in markup". (nota bene, not
the other way around, because that would be "tag soup" :)

If there's nothing to mark-up, there's no motivation for markup either.

Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
Received on Monday, 3 April 2000 21:14:35 UTC

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