Whitespace in EMPTY model

Chris Maden crism at oreilly.com
Tue Oct 20 22:09:20 BST 1998

[Dean Roddey]
> If the model is EMPTY, what happens to the whitespace between that
> element's begin/end tags? Is that defined anywhere? Should it always
> just be skipped?  What if the element has the XML whitespace
> attribute or the parser was told to maintain ignorable whitespace?

That's a good question.

I was ready to reply that an EMPTY element must have nothing between
the start- and end-tags, but that's not immediately clear upon reading
the spec.

   Validity Constraint: Element Valid

   An element is valid if there is a declaration matching elementdecl
   where the Name matches the element type, and one of the following
    1. The declaration matches EMPTY and the element has no content.

but it's not clear whether "no content" prohibits ignorable

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