On Oct 28, 2004, at 9:55 AM, Jack Lutz wrote:
I'm trying to modify MediaWiki so that a single
linebreak in the edit
be written as <br />. Has this been decided against for some reason?
possible to do easily, I'd appreciate any help. Thanks.
The first reason is compatibility: many older articles on Wikipedia had
literal line breaks inserted in the source text, whether manually or by
the older software I don't know. These are not supposed to be line
breaks in output.
The second reason is... compatibility. When the allowed HTML subset is
used, line breaks are common to make the markup clear, and you _really_
don't want to be adding in <br />s everywhere.
The third reason... compatibility. Line breaks at the edge of
block-level constructions (paragraphs, list lines) and table rows and
other such constructs also should not have <br />s added to them. Line
break already has a specific block-level meaning in many such
constructs (dividing list lines, table rows, etc).
So if you want \n to turn to <br /> to appear only where you want it,
you'll need to be careful.
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com