Re: Poetry in HTML (was: HTML+ Comments)

Bill Janssen <>
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Date: 	Wed, 21 Jul 1993 11:24:15 PDT
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From: Bill Janssen <>
        "Peter Lister, Cranfield Computer Centre" <>
Subject: Re: Poetry in HTML (was:  HTML+ Comments)
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Status: RO
I wish I could resist this one, but...

The real semantic markup for a Peter's not-really-a-haiku would be

<haiku><first-haiku-line>I think

This pleading for hard line breaks is all nonsense, special pleading to
allow just this one oh-so-necessary bit of procedural markup.  This
slippery slope leads to Postscript!!!

(Ah, that feels better :-)#

That being said, Peter's suggestion to allow <p poem>, etc., sounds
quite reasonable to me.  It should be clear, though, that no special
handling of line breaks within such a markup is promised, but that
browsers that know the meaning of the paragraph modifiers may "do the
right thing".