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Re: Ignoring empty paragraphs

From: Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Date: Sun, 09 Apr 2000 12:54:06 -0700
To: Ian Graham <ian.graham@utoronto.ca>, Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
Cc: "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>
Message-id: <0FSR00F24M5BN1@netsrv.is.csupomona.edu>
From: Ian Graham <igraham@smaug.java.utoronto.ca>
Date: Sun, Apr 9, 2000, 12:31 PM

> On Sun, 9 Apr 2000, Jan Roland Eriksson wrote:
>
>> What about "styling" of non existing content?
>> Leave that no-content element dangling in the DOM tree and we need to
>> move the decision not to style it to the CSS renderer instead.
>>
>> If not, we will not have a way to discourage the use of successive P's
>> for vertical spacing, and that is what I think David's question was all
>> about.
>>
>
> If that is the question (it seems a good one), then the problem would
> appear to be much harder, since what you really want is conditional
> formatting properties depending on whether 'some' elements contain
> only ignorable white space (in the XML sense). But HTML is not XML, and I
> don't think HTML parsers can flag this difference.

There is no such thing as ignorable white space (in any sense, HTML, XML,
WXYZML, whatever) for a complete CSS1 implementation because you can always
have rules with white-space:pre:

* {white-space:pre}  /* Note: '*' is a commonly implemented CSS-2 selector */

Tantek

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