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14. Netscape Layout Extensions > Creating Whitespace

Creating Whitespace

One of the simplest elements in any page design is the empty space surrounding content. Empty space is often just as important to the look and feel of a page as the areas filled with text and images. Commonly known as whitespace, these empty areas shape and contain the content of your page.

Native HTML has no way to create empty space on your page, short of using a <pre> tag filled with blank lines or an empty image. In fact, browsers — acting according to the HTML/XHTML standards — remove leading, trailing, and any other extra spaces in text and ignore extra linefeeds. Netscape 4 fills this void with the <spacer> tag. [Section 4.6.1]

The <spacer> Tag (Antiquated)

Use the <spacer> tag to create horizontal, vertical, and rectangular whitespace in documents rendered by Netscape 4.


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