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Re: Ignoring empty paragraphs

From: Braden N. McDaniel <braden@endoframe.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 03:09:26 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
cc: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10004040307040.1495-100000@boneone.endoframe.com>
On Tue, 4 Apr 2000, Jan Roland Eriksson wrote:

> 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.

Indeed, but it is *not* the parser's job to fix errant document structure! 
It is the parser's job to read the markup that's there. And as long as
it's valid, the DOM tree should have a direct correspondence to the
plaintext representation.

Braden N. McDaniel
Received on Tuesday, 4 April 2000 03:06:26 UTC

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