Re: OOPS! META got promoted; why did nbsp go away?

"Daniel W. Connolly" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 94 10:37:02 EDT
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From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <>
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Subject: Re: OOPS! META got promoted; why did nbsp go away? 
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In message <9410110955.aa23423@dali.scocan.sco.COM>, Murray Maloney writes:
>When I was putting together the write-ups on character data
>and entities, I tried each of the character positions and
>discovered that neither &nbsp; nor &#160; worked in the 
>browser that I was using (Mosaic 2.4).

Sheesh... in fact, this is the case. I can't figure out why character
160 doesn't act like a non-breaking space in Mosaic: from what I can
tell, you'd have to write special code to break this feature. Maybe
the X font metrics are funky or something...

>	The upper 128 positions include a non-breaking space, 
>	a soft hyphen indicator, 93 graphical characters, 8
>	unassigned characters, and 25 control characters.
>	<I>The non-breaking space and soft hyphen indicator are
>	not recognized and interpreted by all HTML browsers, and 
>	their use is discouraged. </I>

I suppose this is accurate. The part in <i>'s should end up looking
like the other "NOTE: some browsers are busted" messages.

ISO8859-1 was specified as the HTML characters set back in 1993, before
Mosaic was implemented. So this is just a plain bug.

The &nbsp; markup, on the other hand, was introduced fairly recently,
and it's not really a "bug" if a browser doesn't support it -- until
2.1 comes along.