Paul Paul - 5 months ago 22
CSS Question

Ignore whitespace in HTML

Is there anything in HTML/CSS that tells the browser to ignore whitespace completely?

So many times when you want to put, say, two images next to each other - you try desperately to keep the HTML readable, but the browser puts a space between them.

So instead of something like this:

<img src="images/minithing.jpg" alt="my mini thing" />
<img src="images/minithing.jpg" alt="my mini thing" />
<img src="images/minithing.jpg" alt="my mini thing" />
<img src="images/minithing.jpg" alt="my mini thing" />


you end up with this

<img src="images/minithing.jpg" alt="my mini thing" /><img src="images/minithing.jpg" alt="my mini thing" /><img src="images/minithing.jpg" alt="my mini thing" /><img src="images/minithing.jpg" alt="my mini thing" />


Which is just so horrible!

Answer

Oh, you can really easy accomplish that with a single line of CSS:

#parent_of_imgs { white-space-collapse: discard; }

Disadvantage, you ask? No browser has implemented this extremely useful feature (think of inline blocks in general) yet. :-(

What I did from time to time, although it's ugly as the night is dark, is to use comments:

<p><!--
  --><img src="." alt="" /><!--
  --><img src="." alt="" /><!--
  --><img src="." alt="" /><!--
  --><img src="." alt="" /><!--
--></p>
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