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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: I can XInclude where I bloody want to

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> I just keep thinking back to MSXML and whitespace, though. There's an example
> of a processor bucking the trend, and on the whole, no one is really suffering
> because of it. I think the reason for this is that most people pick an XSLT
> processor, code to its quirks, its features and its APIs, and they stick with
> it

I disagree. This is a near fatal blow to using IE as an XML document
browser. (For _documents_ marked up in XML as opposed to XML data files
where there usually isn't any mixed content, and white space can all be
safely dropped).

If you have anything like a docbook or TEI or XHTML document that you
are rendering to HTML via XSLT in IE then you are almost always going to
silently lose interword spaces. In the example below only the space
between one and two survives. Losing the space between two and three is
especially bad as that's in the middle of a text node for Xpath so
there's virtually no chance of detecting it from the stylesheet.


<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="test.xsl"?>
<!DOCTYPE html [
<!ENTITY a "two">
<!ENTITY b "three">
one &a; &b; <b>four</b> <b>five</b>

<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"; version="1.0">
<xsl:template match="*">

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