Well-Formed SNAFU

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Mon Jun 7 05:12:37 BST 1999

Tim Bray wrote:
> Admittedly a kludge, but "<br />" (note the space) works just
> fine.  <br></br> kind of works, but in legacy browsers actually
> inserts *two* blank lines (sigh). -T.

I think someone at W3C looked around and conclused that "<br />"
(and "<hr />" etc) was a good solution for (X)HTML if you were
willing to punt on version 2 browsers.

At any rate it's pretty widely accepted.  It's to avoid this
particular issue that Sun's XML package prints empty tags with
the otherwise unnecessary space before the "/>", in fact!

Paul Grosso wrote:
>    <br class="html-compatibility-mode"/>

Hmm, interesting.  I'd not seen that one before.  I wonder how
widely that one is accepted?

- Dave

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