FAQ: Learn HTML - Intro to HTML - Line Breaks

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The spacing between code in an HTML file doesn’t affect the positioning of elements in the browser. If you are interested in modifying the spacing in the browser, you can use HTML’s line break element: <br> .

What about single spaces? Don’t those affect the positioning of words in an HTML file?

So for
we had to do, it was a paragraph with two breaks in it to seperate two different sentences…

At the end of the lesson I played with the code. The section of output text looked the exact same when I did two breaks (
) in the paragraph, and when I seperated the text by creating two


My question is, if the
and seperate

can give the exact same results, then why use
cause imo it’d just made the back-end code look messy and unorganized…

Why do we use double line break tags in our code, when individual paragraphs does the exact same task?


why use br when I can just use two pairs of p ?

I wonder the same thing too

Is there a way to do multiple line breaks, instead of repeatedly typing <br>?

Really good question. The answer is related to the another API connected to the DOM, the Cascading Style Sheet. This is where we can define elements in any way we choose. That gap you want? We give something a margin to suit.

If CSS has not yet come up, then hold your horses and keep up with the lessons. It will.

The line break tag can be used to add a line break within the paragraph?

Yes, that would be the most likely place to use it if you don’t wish to start a new paragraph.

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