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Re: [Lynx-dev] Feature request: handle style=white-space: pre

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Feature request: handle style=white-space: pre
Date: Sat, 17 May 2008 12:11:52 +0100
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Chuck Houpt wrote:

Thanks for the example, the restrictions on PRE are annoying.

I think they have a deep historical background. Basically PRE pre-dates IMG which pre-dates image replacement (of text).

In the original HTML concept, images would either be first class resources, accessed through A elements, or part of documents in non-HTML formats (HTML was for rich navigation and cataloguing). Mosaic added IMG as a special link that embeds the image in graphical browsers, but they probably didn't consider allowing it in PRE because image sizes cannot be relied on to correlate with text sizes and they hadn't thought of image replacement.

I think there is still a problem with using IMG in PRE, as you cannot rely on the exact text size, so the pre-formatting can be broken by an image. (More generally, with image replacement, the user has the right to override your text size and image replacement doesn't handle that well. I regularly do this on graphical browsers, because designers think unreadably small text is cool.)

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