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From: Ben Godfrey <ben@hypothetical.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 19:50:19 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <A17C48EC-7C2F-11D7-B819-00039317C0C4@hypothetical.co.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org




Browsers respect white space between consecutive inline elements. 
Sometimes this is not desirable, e.g. if the blocks are images or 
objects or have backgrounds colours and padding the author may wish to 
remove to effect of whitespace completely. Often authors remove all the 
whitespace themselves to achieve this. This is highly inconvenient as 
it results in very long unreadable lines.

I'd like to suggest an additional value for the white-space property to 
be named something like "ignore" or "collapse" which has the same 
effect on the rendered output as removing the whitespace by hand.

Also, a potential new text property called "line-break" was recently 
suggested by John Lewis [1], taking a value of "smooth" and modifying 
the browsers wrapping behaviour. I would like to suggest "line-wrap" as 
a better name for this and also suggest a new value of "single" which 
breaks the line at every space.

When people make suggestions such as these, is there any formal process 
for discussing them within the working group? I can't afford W3C 
membership, but I'm very interested in how it works.

Thanks,

Ben

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2003Apr/0181.html


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