[whatwg] [br] element should not be a line break

Bryce Fields royalrodent at gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 11:53:20 PDT 2010

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 1:24 PM, Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper at crissov.de
> wrote:

> Jeremy Keith:
> >
> > The <hr> element is currently defined as "a paragraph-level thematic
> break." I think <br> could be defined as "a text-level thematic break."
> That makes perfect sense. The only problem I see is existing content which
> relies on consecutive ‘br’s producing multiple line breaks, i.e. often a
> paragraph-like appearance. (Although ‘br’s were always intended to be
> collapsed, browsers never did this.)

Why not just list <br> along with the other obsolete elements instead of
trying to rebrand it semantically?  Let's face it.  <br> is a pain to try to
rationalize as a purely semantic element and any use you have for the
element could probably easily be accomplished w/ other semantic code.  Why
not just call it obsolete and discourage authors and vendors from using it?

(first post...be gentle...)  :)

Bryce Fields

"Do or do not. There is no try." -- Yoda
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