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Re: White space and inline elements

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 18:26:44 +0200
To: "William F. Hammond" <hammond@csc.albany.edu>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <anstlt8c5akf6ncj36eng6sg03h32jd4g6@4ax.com>
* William F. Hammond wrote:
>Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org> writes:
>> If the directionality of an inline element's content is different, you
>> might get a completely different rendering on visual user agents by
>> moving white space.

That's (unfortunaley) a valid point.

>I think it relevant to acknowledge here that such handling is indeed
>erroneous and to say that the correct way for such a processor to gain
>some control of line lengths (if indeed that was the intention) would
>have been to write
>
>                             "<u>F</u
>>".

We have a feature request for HTML Tidy by Dan Connolly to implement the
"Handy Line Breaking Algorithm" (see http://www.w3.org/2000/08/lb2/)
that does something similar.

>My suggestion is that content providers should be told that writing
>leading or trailing white space is deprecated inside these inline
>elements.

That's what Terje suggested and I'd by happy with that.
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