White space

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Thu Aug 6 15:51:52 BST 1998

At 01:48 PM 8/6/98 +0100, Peter Jones wrote:
>The value "default" signals that applications' default white space
>processing modes are acceptable for this element..."
>This is then opposed to the value "preserve" which preserves whitespace
>for the element. Which suggests that the default processing is
>normalization of whitespace.
>But according to the first line above, the default XML processing is
>preservation of whitespace. So what is the default mode of the
>Preserve or not?

xml:space has no effect on the behavior of the *processor* - the
processor always has to pass through all the white space.  It is a
signal from the document author to the *application*, and if it
has any effect (not guaranteed) that would be on the behavior of
the application. -T.

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