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Formatting conventions for standards

Use a column width of 100 characters.

Do not use newlines inside "inline" elements, even if that means exceeding the column width requirement.

<p>The
<dfn method for=DOMTokenList lt=remove(tokens)|remove()><code>remove(<var>tokens</var>&hellip;)</code></dfn>
method, when invoked, must run these steps:

is okay and

<p>The <dfn method for=DOMTokenList 
lt=remove(tokens)|remove()><code>remove(<var>tokens</var>&hellip;)</code></dfn> method, when 
invoked, must run these steps:

is not.

Using newlines between "inline" element tag names and their content is also forbidden. (This actually alters the content, by adding spaces.) That is

<a>token</a>

is fine and

<a>token
</a>

is not.

An <li> element always has a <p> element inside it, unless it's a child of <ul class=brief>.

If a "block" element contains a single "block" element, do not put it on a newline.

Do not indent for anything except a new "block" element. For instance

 <li><p>For each <var>token</var> in <var>tokens</var>, in given order, that is not in 
 <a>tokens</a>, append <var>token</var> to <a>tokens</a>.

is not indented, but

<ol>
 <li>
  <p>For each <var>token</var> in <var>tokens</var>, run these substeps:

  <ol>
   <li><p>If <var>token</var> is the empty string, <a>throw</a> a {{SyntaxError}} exception.

is.

End tags may be included (if done consistently) and attributes may be quoted (using double quotes), though the prevelant theme is to omit end tags and not quote attributes (unless they contain a space).

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