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  • From: "Portillo, Christina" <Alice.Portillo@PSS.Boeing.com>
  • To: "'xml-dev@ic.ac.uk'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 15:15:18 -0700

In reading 2.10 Whitespace I don't come away with a clear picture what
whitespace is and isn't being passed on through the processor to an
application. Can someone clarify this for me?

Question 1:
	"In editing XML documents, it is often convenient to use "white
space" (spaces, tabs, and blank lines, denoted by the nonterminal S in
this specification) to set apart the markup for greater readability.
Such white space is typically not intended for inclusion in the
delivered version of the document." 

Although insignificant white space was not intended for inclusion does
it all get passed through the processor anyway? 

Question 2:
	"An XML processor must always pass all characters in a document
that are not markup through to the application."

Is the white space added "to set apart the markup for greater
readability" considered markup? Does it get passed through the

Question 3:
	"A validating XML processor must also inform the application
which of these characters constitute white space appearing in element

Do I understand correctly, that although the application is informed of
this white space in element content, all this white space is still
passed on?

Christina Portillo
Product Definition and Image Technology

The Boeing Company               Phone: 425.237.3351
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Seattle, WA  98124-2207         christina.portillo@boeing.com

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