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From: Eve L. Maler <elm@arbortext.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 1996 15:37:38 -0400
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To: Todd Fahrner <fahrner@pobox.com>, Chris Josephes <cpj1@winternet.com>, Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Cc: Gayle Kidder <reddik@thegroup.net>, www-style@w3.org
At 01:31 PM 7/2/96 -0700, Todd Fahrner wrote:
>At 2:20 PM -0500 7/2/96, Chris Josephes wrote:
>> Suddenly we're all concerned about poetry on the web?
>Let's not forget about poetry's bad sister Marketing Communications and her
>consort Graphic Design. Style sheets are an elegant means of imposing a
>functional, attractive uniformity, especially on larger bodies of material.
>For one-of-a-kind effects they offer little.
>Todd Fahrner

I've always been surprised that HTML has only one overloaded PRE 
element for both code listings and "real text."  Many DTDs I've
worked with have an escape-hatch element that retains all spaces
and line breaks on output, but keeps the text in proportional font.
It's even often documented facetiously as "the 'poetry' element."

If a "correct way to format poetry" is needed, what about something
like a class attribute value on PRE to indicate just how preformatted 
the text is?


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