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In support of the "line space" (nee <hr>)

From: <SCJessey@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 12:37:43 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <7F222533.313785D8.0077AEAD@aol.com>

fantasai@escape.com quotes the Internet Engineering Task Force's very old document on HTML 2.0:

"The <HR> element is a divider between sections of text; typically a full width horizontal rule or equivalent graphic."

Back in 1995 it seems that people had forgotten about headings and paragraphs. It seems to me that you would only have different sections of text that didn't fit the heading/paragraph structure if these sections had differing content.  If THAT is the case, then the new section should really be moved to a different page, which at the moment means a new document, at least until page breaks are brought in via CSS.

Personally, I have found a use for the <hr /> element on my personal website; I have a page of image descriptions that are referred to by the [longdesc] attribute of the images that can be found throughout the site. I have separated each of these descriptions with a horizontal rule, but only because the page does not use CSS at all. I only did this for presentational reasons, and because it was EASIER to use <hr /> instead of CSS.  Shame on me.

Simon Jessey
Received on Tuesday, 27 August 2002 12:38:29 UTC

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