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  • From: "Michael J. Suzio" <msuzio@ford.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 11:49:07 -0500

What I wonder is, how does SAX decide what is ignorable
whitespace and what is significant?  I'm not clear on how that
works, and the role xml:space plays in defining that.  
Ignoring whitespace is one of the most tedious things I keep doing
in my XML parsing apps, I'd prefer to have to explicitly *work* to
keep whitespace.
What I don't understand is, given something like this in a DTD:


Why wouldn't *any* character data located within
<QUOTE></QUOTE> (and not inside one of it's child
elements) be ignorable?  I'd expect a parser seeing this:
 <SOURCE href="http://www.quotesrus.com/">
 <LINE>This is line 1 of the quote</LINE>

To ignore those carriage returns and extraneous spaces within the
QUOTE element, and just give me the SOURCE and LINE elements and
their content.

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but it has been bugging me the
last couple weeks.

Michael J. Suzio
Web Technical Standards, WWW & Internet Applications
(313) 24-88120
msuzio@eccms1.dearborn.ford.com / msuzio@ford.com

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  • References:
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      • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>


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