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Re: [xml-dev] What is @xml:space about?

Any insights on why xml:space is considered useful, but something like
xml:href is not?  (I'm assuming xml:space is an indication to the
application, not handled directly by the XML parser.)

I can't see why an application that wasn't vocabulary aware would
start manipulating whitespace (or anything else for that matter).  If
an application was vocabulary aware then the vocabulary could define
it's own attribute for xml:space and it needn't be in the xml

That said, I think something like xml:space is a convenient convention
to have, but I also think xml:href is too.  Thus I'm interested in the
difference in treatment.


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On 12 July 2012 04:46, John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org> wrote:
> John P. McCaskey scripsit:
>> Is there an established way for an XML document to announce to
>> downstream processors what "default" processing -- trim, collapse,
>> pre-line, nowrap, etc. -- was assumed in the encoding?
> No, there isn't.  What counts as the Right Thing depends on the consuming
> application.  The point of xml:space="preserve" is to persuade the
> consumer that the producer intends for the whitespace to convey important
> information.  The alternative is that the producer doesn't really care.
> So if the producer wants to make sure that whitespace is normalized,
> the best approach is to do its own normalization and then add
> xml:space="preserve" to prevent the consumer from doing its own thing
> with it.
> --
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