[WEB4LIB] RE: dreamweaver MX -- Auto Paragraph

Hurley, Michael MHURLEY at shrinenet.org
Wed Jun 5 09:58:31 EDT 2002

To voice an alternate point of view, I personally very much dislike <P>
tags. They have their uses I admit, but I can't begin to count the number of
times I've had a problem with layout placing/spacing which invariably came
down to an automatic set (one or more) of <P> tags being placed in the code.
One of the real joys of Dreamweaver has always been the ability to know that
the code you type will not be overwhelmingly "corrected" by the software.
Sometimes such "auto-correction" can save time, but with <P> tags I've had
more time wasted troubleshooting (my own and others' pages) than I ever had
saved by their auto-inclusion. I use them, but I like them to go where I
want them, not in every block of content. Beyond the use of any particular
tags though, I think we all like to assume that when we save a file, it
won't have "useful extras" automatically added by the software, only to
reveal themselves when the page is checked in a browser. Dreamweaver has
been pretty good at avoiding that in the past.

Michael Hurley
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Portland (OR)
mhurley at shrinenet.org

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	D. Keith Higgs [mailto:dkh2 at po.cwru.edu] 
Sent:	Wednesday, June 05, 2002 5:18 AM

Not only are you making more work for yourself but, many browsers are
moving toward requiring that level of well formed XHTML, HTML5, DML,
whatever-you're-going-to-call-it coding. 

The first thing that would happen is that the browser will take longer
to render your page without it than with it. It's just like not closing
a table or providing height & width attributes for an image.  If you
provide more information, the browser can render as it receives things
rather than waiting for the entire page to load.

Personally, I wish more editing tools coded at that level.

D. Keith Higgs <mailto:dkh2 at po.cwru.edu>
 Case Western Reserve University
  Webmaster - University Library
  Additional Information at http://www.cwru.edu/UL/

-----Original Message-----
From: web4lib at webjunction.org [mailto:web4lib at webjunction.org]
On Behalf Of Michael Sauers
Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2002 04:37 PM

> I can't seem to turn off the </p> tag.

Not an answer but a question. Why would you want to?

(Yes, it is optional but you can't go wrong by putting it in. Also, by
not putting it in you're causing yourself more work in the long run i.e.

Michael Sauers, Librarian, Trainer & Author
Author of The Collector's Guide to Dean Koontz
Aurora, CO :: msauers at webpan.com
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