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Re: <NOBR> - Returning to the question....

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2004 13:26:23 -0500
Message-ID: <410-22004463182623109@mindspring.com>
To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>, www-html@w3.org

I've noticed that in all of the examples you have put forth, Jukka,
have the following thing in common, they contain content you want
to indicate as being a single syntactic unit.  However, prevention
of line breaking is only one presentational way of indicating that.
Presentationally, that could be indicated in other ways such as
by giving the content a different background, font, and/or border.
(Or if one wanted to be very tacky, you could have it blink.)

Just as <i> is not the same as <em>, <nobr> is not equivalent
to the semantic element you want in HTML.  The questions
thus become,
1) Is it something that can be distinguished from <code>?
2) If so, is it common enough to warrant having as an element
distinct from the generic <span>?

While a case can be made for it being distinct from <code>.
I can't say that you've managed to convince me that it is
common enough to warrant distinguishing it from <span>.
There are all sorts of semantic elements that could be
added but aren't.
Received on Saturday, 3 April 2004 13:26:28 UTC

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