Lists Home |
Date Index |
- From: Gavin McKenzie <gmckenzi@JetForm.com>
- To: "'John E. Simpson'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Randy Bryan <rbryan@CapAccess.org>, XML Developer List <email@example.com>, Rob McDougall <RMcDouga@JetForm.com>
- Date: Wed, 4 Aug 1999 09:02:30 -0400
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John E. Simpson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 1999 10:16 PM
> To: Randy Bryan; XML Developer List
> Subject: Re: Whitespace question
> That said, why would you want to explicitly set it to the
> default in the
> top-level element (or, even if it were legal, in the XML
> declaration)? That
> would be redundant. The only place xml:space="default" makes
> sense is in
> the context of an ancestor element with xml:space="preserve".
I was wondering about this very issue...
You suggest that the 'default' behaviour for an XML document is to behave as
if the root element had an xml:space="default". Seems reasonable, afterall
why else would xml:space have a value of "default".
However, in section 2.10 "White Space Handling" of the XML spec it says:
"The root element of any document is considered to have signaled no
intentions as regards application space handling, unless it provides a value
for this attribute or the attribute is declared with a default value. "
My understanding of this paragraph is to say that,
"When a document does not place an explicit xml:space attribute on the root
element, an application may choose to process the whitespace within that
document as it chooses; i.e. as equivalent to either one of 'default'or
'preserve' based on the application's default behaviour"
Am I reading too much into this part of the XML spec?
xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:email@example.com
Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1
To (un)subscribe, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org the following message;
To subscribe to the digests, mailto:email@example.com the following message;
List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)