[rfc-i] [xml2rfc] will <vspace=n> disappear

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Thu Oct 16 10:28:55 PDT 2014


On 2014-10-16 19:01, Sean Leonard wrote:
> On 10/16/2014 7:19 AM, Loa Andersson wrote:
>> However I'm not happy the the vspace will disappear, apart from
>> that is is an easy way to create simple lists it is also useful
>> in development of a draft, i.e. I can put line breaks and comments
>> where I need and the is simple to remove.
>>
>> Would it be possible to to keep a simple vspace, line feed or line
>> break element?
>
> +1!!!
>
> Look—here is the situation.
>
> "LINE BREAK" is a basic element of punctuation in modern written
> languages, at the same semantic level as period, space, and paragraph.
> The distinction was recognized in Unicode and is written up in UTR #13:
> Unicode Newline Guidelines
> <http://www.unicode.org/standard/reports/tr13/tr13-5.html>. That is why
> U+2028 LINE SEPARATOR and U+2029 PARAGRAPH SEPARATOR exist. That is also
> why <br> and <p> exist in HTML.
>
> The fact that US-ASCII (ANSI X.34) never distinguished between line
> breaks and paragraph separators is inapposite. It was invented in the
> Before Time, when people thought it was just as important to encode BEL
> (07h) sounds. Codes less than 20h (and DEL 7Fh) were meant to /send
> commands to output devices/, not represent semantic elements of human
> languages.
>
> Please, we need line breaks.

Again: use case?

Best regards, Julian


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