[oclug] html tools
je_linux at kronos.honk.org
Mon Aug 26 09:11:50 EDT 2002
On Sun, 25 Aug 2002, Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> On 25/08/02 Jon Earle did speaketh:
> > As long as they remove some of the less useful closing tags - </p> is not
> > of much use, IMHO. It's cleaner, I think, to code:
> > <p>
> > This is a paragraph.
> > <p>
> > This is another paragraph.
> > <p>
> > And yet one more.
> > <br>
> > than to litter your page with </p>'s that just seem redundant. To be, <p>
> > is like <br> with a kick.
> Nope. No exceptions. You must remember that the point of a tag is to
> delimit a section, and describe the content. The assumption that a new
> paragraph tag closes the last one is a hard-coded exception that helps to make
> browsers buggy. Explicit closing tags remove all ambiguity for parsing
You don't close <br>, <hr>, so why close <p>? It just starts a new
paragraph with a blank line separating it from the previous item... no
difference really than <br><br> at the end of a line.
Other tags that I don't think need closing include <li> - the next <li> or
the closing </ul> are sufficient to indicate the end of an item's text.
Sometimes tags are just not special enough to warrant closing.
<font></font>, yes. <p></p>, no.
> Not to mention the fact that in your example above, the content of the
> first paragraph would be "\nThis is a paragraph\n", which is probably not what
> you want in the paragraph. It should be <p>This is a paragraph</p>.
> In fact, in DocBook, you'll have to type more. Paragraph tags are <para>.
With the way html is rendered, it makes no difference to do
<p>This is a paragraph.</p>
This is a paragraph.
All the extra whitespace is eliminated. It really used to irritate me
that the extra space was removed, forcing me to insert to space
things nicely, but, c'est la vie. Someone obviously decided it was a good
idea at the time.
I use the latter so I can edit the text between the tags more freely - it
stands out better not having these odd things at either end. :) Just a
matter of preference I guess.
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