In the question What makes a good tag-wiki entry? from meta.tex.sx, the input ... [tag:linguistics], ... (without a space before the comma) is rendered as follows (no free-hand circles, sorry):

The comma shouldn't start the 2nd line, obviously. Can this please be fixed?

EDIT: Here's another instance where the result looks much worse in my opinion, with just ")." on the last line. For me, the question Merge {conditional} and {ifthen} renders as

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    how in the world is this our bug? Mar 31, 2011 at 9:44
  • @Jeff: Honestly? I had no idea whatsoever what this bug is caused by (due to lack of knowledge). From your comment and retagging I gather it could be a bug in Firefox 3.6, but I didn't think of this when posting the question. Mar 31, 2011 at 13:18
  • @Jeff: OK, I don't know much about CSS, but I investigated a bit. In .post-tag I see both display:inline-block; and white-space:nowrap;, and Firefox 3.6 doesn't seem to like this combination. (I can't tell if Firefox should like it). I gather the inline-block is needed for margin:2px 2px 6px 0; taking effect, but I think the latter could be avoided. Then one could fix the bug by just omitting display:inline-block;. As I say, I'm not a CSS expert, but if a major established browser like Firefox 3.6 shows this behaviour, it's worth fixing this, and yes, partly it is your bug. Mar 31, 2011 at 15:08

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I've given it +1 because it's a reasonable question to ask. However, I think it's probably quite tricky to fix; it's more of a quirk in the browser's rendering engine than something the site could do anything about.

It's also something of an edge case, dependant on the exact combination of browser/OS/font as much as it is on the text itself -- I'm not seeing it when I browse to the same URL.

  • Thanks for the feedback. Of course the actual point of the line break depends on a lot of stuff, but it would be interesting to know if the possibility of a line break before the comma depends on the browser/OS/font. Feb 24, 2011 at 15:30

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