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Re: lynx-dev lynx2.8.1pre.6 : comments

From: Philip Webb
Subject: Re: lynx-dev lynx2.8.1pre.6 : comments
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 10:22:34 -0400 (EDT)

981002 Greg Marr & Philip Webb debated:
> COLLAPSE_BR_TAGS should default to FALSE 
>> I still think that lynx should not default to broken behavior. 

the problem is that it's HTML specs which are broken here,
as they present inconsistent or inadequate instructions.
browsers also do have some choice how to present documents.
> to help ordinary users whose sysadmins may be careless
>> Can this be set through the options screen?

no & we can't really put everything into Options, even with a Form.
there is a real problem in that lynx-dev every so often receives a query
from an ordinary user who is trying to read a document
whose author has naively treated  <BR><BR>  as equal to  <P> .
my view is that in this & similar cases Lynx should try to help the user,
while preserving the choice of pedantic behaviour for those who want it
in  userdefs.h  &  lynx.cfg : most Lynx users know little about HTML.

> I did question this, but iirc, it appears that's been using
> the same default value for some time (so I didn't change it).
so TD got caught in the middle & since he's shouldering the burden
of co-ordinating development, he gets the last word. 

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