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Re: LYNX-DEV ALIGNment problem

From: Foteos Macrides
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV ALIGNment problem
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 1996 14:20:38 -0500 (EST)

Klaus Weide <address@hidden> wrote:
>On Fri, 13 Dec 1996, Jason Baker wrote:
>> In a previous missive, Al Gilman wrote:
>> > 
>> >   From: Klaus Weide <address@hidden>
>> >   
>> >   I don't know whether the alignment handling should be changed, or
>> >   how to do it, or whether that would create more problems than it
>> >   solves.  Just pointing out a real example where it fails, I guess..
>> >   
>> > This looks like an excellent piece of detective work, the conclusion
>> > of which is "It's a feature."  If people want to use <P> to impose
>> > alignment, they can explicitly close it, IMHO.  
>> Indeed, that's always the way I learned it - if you just want a space,
>> you can use <P> as a separator, but if you want anything else, you must
>> use it as an encasement, and pair it with </P>....  That's one thing I
>> insist on my helpers doing is using encasement paragraphs all the time.
>> Doesn't make me a lot of friends, but it does help our pages pass 
>> validation. :)
>Yeah, but it's a Lynxism to treat <P> that way (doesn't matter whether
>it is also a Netscapism or whateverism, I wouldn't even know...).  
>All HTML DTDs I have looked at (okay, they're not that many) seem to
>define P as a container with a closing tag which can be omitted,
>which means (correct me if I am wrong) that a parser should 
>automatically supply the close tag in the right place.  And a validator
>is doing just that (actually tested with Webtechs).
>Hey I'm not saying that it's a good idea to omit the </P>s - it probably 
>helps catch all kinds of mistakes, and helps the pages pass validation
>that way.  But once you have a valid documint, deleting all the </P>
>_should_ give exactly the same result. (or not???)
>There must be good reasons why Lynx is not doing it that way.  Maybe
>the parser (inherited, after all, from the www library) is not up
>to the task.  Or given the quality of many pages, it would make more 
>pages unreadable that in would help.  Or maybe I should go to a search
>engine, type in the magical right word(s), and read all about previous
>iterations of this topic :)  
>(I just assume that it must have occurred before.)

        I don't know what Lynxisms, Netscapisms or whateverisms you
are imagining.  Since you've been working with the libwww, I don't
understand why you are still under the illusion that the handling
of alignments in the Lynx display is inherited from that (it's
"inherited" from my labors during the past 2-3 years 8-).

        Anyway, that alignment glitch is corrected in today's mods.

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