[whatwg] HTML spec incorrectly suggests that <br> can have its rendering changed with CSS

Bruno Racineux bruno at hexanet.net
Tue Jan 28 13:28:09 PST 2014

On 1/28/14 1:04 AM, "Elliott Sprehn" <esprehn at gmail.com> wrote:
>Blink treats <br> (conceptually) like a subclass of Text, there's nothing
>to style because it's just a run of text with a forced break.

I'd just like to note that 'inline' styling for <br> should be allowed.

I have been using it for a long time as spacing adjustment, and
sometimes for addressing extra unwanted space with double <br> entries
from wysiwyg, with the following rule:
br { font-size: 8px; line-height: 8px; }

To my recollection such styling was/is applied in all browsers.
Not sure if line-height is considered 'styling' in those terms, but just
want to mention that historical use case of applied styling on <br>.

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