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Re: [XHTML2] Unicode line and paragraph separators

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003 22:53:05 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200304062153.h36Lr5f00891@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> Are you saying that you are just as likely to see the following construct:

> tempor tempus.<br />
> <br />

Yes.  Although the current fashion is to have only one br, and not
even indent the first line to compensate!

> I would be very surprised to hear that. In English composition, one of the
> first things people learn is how to write using paragraphs. Only sentences

People then learn to type using double newlines, and forget 
any structuring they learnt in school.  You will find this in
typical MS Word documents.  Word has style sheets that can 
incert extra gaps between paragraphs, and actually work better
without blank lines, but nearly everyone types two newlines.  It's 
also quite common to newline over page boundaries, in spite of 
hard page break codes, and the ability to inhibit unwanted page 
breaks.

Schools are probably particularly bad, as they don't seem to associate
the curriculum requirement to create simple web pages with the
requirement to teach good grammar, and their teachers learn sloppy
presentational hackery and teach it to the children.
Received on Sunday, 6 April 2003 17:53:02 GMT

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