Attribute-Value Normalisation

David Brownell db at
Wed Apr 7 02:00:28 BST 1999

James Tauber wrote:
> > <!ATTLIST   MYDOC   file   CDATA   #IMPLIED >
> [...]
> > <MYDOC file="c:\temp\hello.txt"/>
> >
> > Will this attribute be normalised if it contains any whitespace?
> If it is declared CDATA, the only whitespace normalization is that
> carriage-returns, line-feeds and tabs are normalized to spaces (with a CR+LF
> being normalized to only a single space)
> Only if it were *not* CDATA would multiple spaces be normalized to one.

Also, an issue that matters to some folk, if you _need_ to have
some whitespace (notably CR, LF, and TAB) not be normalized, you
may put it in as a character reference.  You _can_ have attribute
values that have whitespace, but you need to work a bit at it ... :-)

- Dave

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