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[Bug 13120] Obsolete <wbr>

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--- Comment #2 from Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> 2011-07-02 11:57:04 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #0)


10) FUD: Keeping <wbr> valid only serves to sustain FUD about how well browsers
support the Zero Width Space character (zwsp). For example, pointing to the
lackign support for zwsp in very legacy IE6, Wikipedia gives the impression
that <wbr> is better supported than the Zero Width Space character: [link]

   ]] In HTML pages this space can be used as a potential line-break in long
words as a replacement for the non-standard <wbr> tag. However, the zero-width
space is not supported in all web browsers, most notably Internet Explorer
version 6 and below[1]. [[


The reality is of course the opposite: Zero Width Space character is *better*
supported than <wbr>.

[11] Too many options: HTML5 includes 5 named character references for the zwsp
character.  Thus authors have enough options. The <wbr> option only serves to
create confusion about the benefits of  the character versus the element.

[12] If "simple to type" is an argument then &zwsp; can be made a valid named
character references, as requested in Bug 1310.

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