Re: <BR align=xxx>
Tue, 28 Feb 95 11:22:31 EST

Dave Raggett writes:
> Joe English writes:
> >> As of the latest HTML 3.0 draft, you can do: <br align=xxx> to
> >> affect the line/paragraph immediately before the <br>. Personally, I
> >> think this is a little odd, but what the heck.
> > I think this is a little odd, too...
> > Is letting an element change the presentation of text that *precedes*
> > it a good idea? Is it even a useful feature? Doesn't this go against
> > the principles of structured markup? Won't it wreak havoc with
> > DSSSL-Lite based implementations?
> I don't understand what the fuss is about. View <BR> as a postfix
> operator if you like. The semantics are clear enough. Can you explain how
> it would "wreak havoc with DSSSL-Lite based implementations"?
> To my understanding the browser can accumulate a line of text and then
> format it. The alignment is easily added at this stage. The ability to
> defer horizontal and vertical alignment in this way makes for a much
> simpler implementation. Arena manages this without difficulty!

Wasn't saying it was difficult - took about 3 minutes for emacs-w3. Just
seemed a little out of place compared to all the other alignment stuff that
is container-based, and effects the text in the container.

-Bill P.