Whitespace in EMPTY model

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Wed Oct 21 01:24:48 BST 1998

At 04:07 PM 10/20/98 -0400, Chris Maden wrote:
>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.

You're right.  You can have either <empty/> or <empty></empty> but

>    1. The declaration matches EMPTY and the element has no content.
>but it's not clear whether "no content" prohibits ignorable

I think if you follow the definition chain it falls out.  Content
includes text, and text is made of characters.  There is NO SUCH
THING as ignorable whitespace in XML; the closest thing is 
WS between elements where you have a declared element (i.e. non-mixed)
content. And that is not labeled "ignorable" or anything like it. -Tim

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