5 Whitespace Rules

James Robertson jamesr at steptwo.com.au
Sat Aug 9 12:29:43 BST 1997

At 23:13 8/08/97 +0000, you wrote:
  | I think it's time to pin down some rules or guidelines regarding 
  | the use of whitespace. I am not suggesting that the following is 
  | exhaustive or totally unambiguous, but maybe it is a starting point 
  | for discussion. I would really like to see a small list of rules such 
  | as the following being defined, as I am sure it will help avoid
  | damaging confusion arising when products arrive and prove to be 
  | incompatible.

  | An application should remove or transform whitespace characters 
  | received from the XML-processor according to the following 5 rules:


Hear hear. These are practical, useful rules, and I can find no
fault with them. They are certainly much more backwards-compatible than
the suggested solution of ignoring all line-end characters.

My vote: make it so ...


James Robertson
Step Two Designs
Newton & SGML Consultancy
jamesr at steptwo.com.au

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