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Your question brings up a related area for me. I've read that the HTML 4.0 specs don't include WRAP for textarea.
Netscape and MSIE both list WRAP = HARD ¦ SOFT ¦ OFF in their guides. (Hard sends the visible linebreaks to the server and soft does not). These seem very useful to me, and I wouldn't like to see them vanish.
Does anyone know why HTML 4 doesn't include the WRAP attribute?
I read on idocs.com [idocs.com] that Virtual and Physical were Netscape's proposed values for HTML 3.0. Soft and hard, respectively were the MSIE proposal.
Then I read on Webreference.com [webreference.com] that Netscape now supports only hard¦soft and MSIE supports physical¦virtual. That's a weird reversal!
I've also read that recent browsers only support the hard¦soft values. The W3C recommendation is nothing.
Can't say I've tested any of this, though, and I just tried to research it and only ended up more confused.
Does anyone have a definitive word?