Re: [Rfc-markdown] [xml2rfc-dev] <br> is back, was: New xml2rfc release: v2.32.0

"HANSEN, TONY L" <tony@att.com> Fri, 04 October 2019 15:25 UTC

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From: "HANSEN, TONY L" <tony@att.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com>, "xml2rfc-dev@ietf.org" <xml2rfc-dev@ietf.org>, "xml2rfc@ietf.org" <xml2rfc@ietf.org>
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On 10/4/19, 10:49 AM, "xml2rfc-dev on behalf of Julian Reschke" <xml2rfc-dev-bounces@ietf.org on behalf of julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:

    On 04.10.2019 14:41, Henrik Levkowetz wrote:
    > ...
    >    * Improved the handling of U+2028 in text output, and fixed a bug in the
    >    * handling of U+2028 in the HTML output.
    > ...
    
    So U+2028 is Unicode "LINE SEPARATOR". What this means is that xml2rfc
    now supports forced line breaks, just a few weeks (months?) after there
    was a decision not to include the <br> element.
    
    I think this is a really bad idea, as opposed to having an explicit <br>
    element, because:
    
    1. It's kind of obscure (hint: browsers do not process it as line break).
    
    2. The grammar doesn't help people to understand where it is allowed.
    Actually, where *is* it allowed? Anywhere?
    
    So, AFAIC, if we identify cases where we want to allow forced line
    breaks, we should allow them explicitly (and in the same way HTML does).

I have always preferred having an explicit <br/> element (however it gets spelled). I fought in the design team to have support for it in at least some limited cases, and think removing it entirely was completely the wrong decision. I'm too much of a pragmatic engineer.

	Tony