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

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 17:48:35 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Jewett, Jim J" <jim.jewett@eds.com>
Cc: "'olafBuddenhagen@web.de'" <olafBuddenhagen@web.de>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0404121743330.27215@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Mon, 12 Apr 2004, Jewett, Jim J wrote:
>> Automatic rebreaking of *any* kind of code doesn't
>> look like a good idea to me -- even with languages
> Even with plain text, automatic rebreaking is bad --
> for instance, it can mess up the ">" quote indicators.
> (And if you special case that, what about "Olaf >"?)

If you have *blocks* of text in which the newlines are important, then it
is preformatted text, and the <pre> element is relevant.

> 	(defun foo (x, y)
> 	   (+ x y))
> is much better than
> 	(defun foo (x, y) (+ x y))

But the latter is better than

       (defun foo (x,
  y) (+x y))

...which is more likely if an inline containing the above wraps.

> This isn't always so easy.  But even in the perfect world -- what is
> your intended difference between "code" and "pre"?

The semantics (code means, well, code, while pre just means preformatted
text block -- people have taken to saying


...when marking up block of code).

> A type of poetry defined largely by the metre; changing the
> line breaks would change the per-line syllable counts -- and
> cause it to no longer be Haiku.

This is what the XHTML2 <l> is for, of course. :-)

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