Re: dealing with new-lines

Tim Berners-Lee <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 93 15:20:58 +0100
From: Tim Berners-Lee <>
Message-id: <>
To: Dan Connolly <>
Subject: Re: dealing with new-lines 
> This is a situation we need to resolve, one way or another. I'm inclined
> to decide that <p> elements are allowed in PRE elements, but they have
> no significance. 

That would complicate certainly the CERN browsers, in that if they see a <p>  
they always do the same thing.   They don't have mechanisms for being  
context-sensitive about these things -- they just do the right thing with
good HTML and don't bomb out with bad html.

I'd prefer us to say that the effect of <P> within <PRE> is undefined, or that  
it is not recommened but if used is a newline.  I'd like Thomas to take them  
out of his man pages, but butil then it isn't a disaster, its just double  
spacing.  I feel that it would be a kludge to say they had no effect within  
<PRE>  ... it would look weird to historians.


I am prepared to change the <XMP> behaviour to be standard SGML for the sake of  
it even if the example secitions in our documents end up moving up or down a  
line as a result.