[pmwiki-users] Annoying line break issues.
5ko at 5ko.fr
Thu Aug 12 12:25:57 CDT 2010
On Thursday 12 August 2010 18:43:49, Paul Gupta wrote :
> Just curious pmwiki-users! Why isn't this the *default* behavior?
For historical and compatibility reasons.
HTML, the markup language in which web pages are displayed, outputs
consecutive lines of text as being a paragraph, and browsers merge and wrap
lines together on output.
Moreover, at the beginning of wikis, text editing in browsers wasn't the same
as today, edit forms didn't have automatic word-wrap (sometimes editing even
required using an external text editor). Editing long paragraphs was difficult
unless they were split in several lines.
Most early wiki packages (UseMod/C2/Meatball, Mediawiki/Wikipedia, PmWiki,
Dokuwiki...) still have this feature by default, and many pages of wiki text
were written this way.
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