[whatwg] Section Attribute value normalization and title attributes

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Aug 5 16:07:51 PDT 2009

On Wed, 5 Aug 2009, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 3:18 AM, Ian Hickson<ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > I don't really see why the minor difficulties in the XML syntax would
> > affect the semantics here. Could you elaborate on your concern? What
> > problem would changing this solve?
> The spec already indicates caution about newlines in title attributes: 
> "Caution is advised with respect to the use of newlines in title 
> attributes." It's a bit of a red flag to note warnings like this into 
> the spec. I.e. features that one is encouraged not to use. Best to take 
> them out, I think. It would save some grief if newlines were simply 
> prohibited in title attributes, and were normalized to spaces if they 
> did appear. The concern is that both human authors and machines pretty 
> printing the HTML are going to insert line breaks where they don't 
> actually want them.

There have been a _lot_ of requests from authors to include a feature 
allowing newlines in tooltips, so I don't think we can remove this.

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