[whatwg] [br] element should not be a line break
ryosuke.niwa at gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 10:48:59 PDT 2010
On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 2:31 PM, Aryeh Gregor
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> On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 8:56 AM, Thomas Koetter
> <thomas.koetter at id-script.de> wrote:
> > What strikes me though is that according to the spec "The br element
> represents a line break". A *line* break is presentational in nature. The
> break is structural, but restricting it to a certain presentation of that
> break lacks the desired separation of structure and presentation.
> Anything else is impossible in this case. <b> and <i> are also
> presentational, but the presentation cannot be separated from the
That's totally incorrect in HTML5 as Thomas has pointed out. Let me ask you
a question. What do you suppose non-visual user agent should do when they
encounter br? Simply ignore them because it only signifies a line break?
Or read out that there's a line break? Neither seems user friendly to me.
If anything, a momentary pause will be appropriate because what's what we
usually do when reading a book and a line break appears. This clearly isn't
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