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Re: [xml-dev] why whitespace counts as a node?

The next thing to ask is: Why do blanks count as characters?


Dimitre Novatchev
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On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 2:29 AM, Thufir Hawat <hawat.thufir@gmail.com> wrote:
> When parsed, why is whitespace counted as a node?  It might just be my
> Java bias, but I would greatly prefer the idea of a Tree mapping 1-1 to
> XML.  However, with whitespace counting, then the resulting XML text file
> all mushed together.
> At least that's my understanding.  When parsing XML the parser must
> determine whether or not interpret whitespace as a node or not, so that
> different parsers will give different results.  Shouldn't the goal be for
> their to be a single correct representation for a given document?  So
> long as whitespace counts, then it depends upon the parser to either
> include or not include the whitespace.
> Is the choice to have whitespace count perceived of as design flaw, or
> does it server a purpose?
> -Thufir
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