ricko at allette.com.au
Sun Aug 24 16:44:56 BST 1997
From: Sean Mc Grath <digitome at iol.ie>
> If you need whitespace to be something other than whitespace- i.e. a
> newline to be a real newline to be passed on to the application, use an
> empty element type to represent it.
> <pcdata>I am data 1</pcdata><newline/>
> <pcdata>I am data 2</pcdata>
Yes and no. <newline/> is not needed in XML. ISO10646 includes
characters which unambigously represent line-breaks and paragraph breaks:
U+2028 and U+2029.
<foo>I am data 1
I am data 2</foo>
Any conventions for handling whitespace in XML do not need to address
"hard returns". If someone wants a hard return, they can mark it up
explicitly just using what XML already provides (by adopting ISO 10646).
Similarly, XML-DEV does not need to make up any conventions to handle
no-break spaces ( or  ) or "hard spaces" (ideographic space
does not collapse: 　).
Lets not make this more complicated than it is!
P.S. In the example quoted, I think probably <RCDATA> is a closer
description of the element rather than <PCDATA>.
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