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   Re: [xml-dev] Handling of significant whitespace in .NET XmlReade r

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> Oddly enough, Despite the fact that this behaviour deviates from what
> XML/DOM recommends, I have had many users actually _thank_ us for
> behaving this way.

I can believe that it optimises many uses of XML where white space is
merely indentation so I don't object too much to it in msxml (although
the fact that white space stripping is on by default in msxml is just
about the number one source of incompatibility between XSLT systems.

When on xsl-list a user says position() returns 1,2,3 on one system
and 2,4,6 on another, You can always reliably reply that the first
system is MSXML, and it's thrown away white space, and every other XSLT
system will count it. Looking from an xsl-list perspective I'd say it
has caused far more confusion than any optimisation was worth.

But for IE, which is primarily a document browser, white space stripping
by default is just simply awful. White spaces in documents tend to be
between words. So even though I would expect that msxml itself won't
change, I strongly believe that IE should use msxml with
preservewhitespace set true. You'll _have_ to do that anyway if you
ever want to support XHTML (or let anyone else support XHTML via a


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