Re: RE two PREs

Tim Berners-Lee (timbl)
Fri, 18 Jun 93 08:23:12 MET DST

PRE was deigned to address a very specific problem:
putting in information which had been PREformatted
in all kinds of ways (tables, diagrams included) using
plain ASCII text, in the assumption of fixed-width

PRE MUST always be displayed using fixed width characters:
indeed, even when <B>old has been turned on, if a bold
font can't be found with the same pitch, then bold should
not be shown. [Recent usergripe that his formatting was
all off becuase he used bold ina PRE].

Poetry is somethingdifferent altogether. It is less
obvious that you ned to have significant newlines, especially
as lines in powetry can wrap. I would suggest for HTML+
an element for poetry and elements for verses, with
lines being paragraphs within the verse, for example.
But mark it up.