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Re: Is whitespace within general entities ignorable?
- From: Tim Bray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Christopher R. Maden" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 09:58:59 -0800
At 09:20 PM 27/02/01 -0800, Christopher R. Maden wrote:
>><!DOCTYPE test [
>><!ELEMENT test (child)*>
>><!ENTITY entws " ">
>><test> &entws; </test>
>I believe your example is legal, to contradict John Cowan.
In my experience, John Cowan is one of those People Who Is
Usually Right. I must say though, that I'm having trouble
agreeing with him on this one. John, did this get covered
in one of the errata? I know the empty CDATA section thing
did, but I don't recall this, and I have trouble thinking
of anything in XML 1.0 that rules this out.
Reason is, I can actually see this being useful in
certain circumstances, in publishing contexts, where you
have a between-siblings entity that could be redefined to
be whitespace (or not) depending on some other stuff in
the internal subset, and depending on the declarations in
effect, be legal in a variety of different ways.
What does actual real-world software do with this?