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Re: layout of web pages

Darren Benham <gecko@benham.net> writes:

> However, I always thought that <P> stand-alone was how the paragraph tag was
> orginially defined and therefore would be historicly correct...

Not only historicaly but also by definition. Here is a quotation 

9.3.1 Paragraphs: the P element

 <!ELEMENT P - O (%inline;)*  -- paragraph -->
   %attrs;                    -- %coreattrs, %i18n, %events --

Start tag: required, End tag: optional

The P element represents a paragraph. It cannot contain 
block-level elements (including P itself).

We discourage authors from using empty P elements. User agents 
should ignore empty P elements.

Summary: no end tag required but discouraged for additional 
white space (empty paragraph).


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