A lot of HTML references and programs are using <br/> instead of <br> lately, and I didn’t understand the difference between the two because they both do the same thing: forces a break in the current line of text.
<br/> is XHTML compliant, which states that:
Empty elements must either have an end tag or the start tag must end with
/>. For instance,
So what is XHTML? It’s an enhanced version of HTML that’s compatible with XML. I ain’t going to explain XML because: 1) I don’t know it well enough to explain it, and 2) I don’t care.
Update (for Steve): So use <br/> if you want your web pages to be XHTML compliant. Right, big whoop-de-do.