Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

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Visual Semantics

In response to Mark Pilgrim’sPushing the envelope” post, Hans Nowak complains that sometimes semantically correct HTML elements don’t “look good”. So, he tends to use <pre> instead of <code> to designate code fragments in web pages.

The answer, of course, is to just use CSS to make <code> act more like <pre>. Here’s my CSS:

code {
white-space: pre;

And here’s how it renders Hans’ code fragment:

def f(x, y):
if x > y:
print "foo!"
print "bar!"

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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