Whitespace question

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Wed Aug 4 17:38:08 BST 1999

Gavin McKenzie wrote:
> My understanding of this paragraph is to say that,
> "When a document does not place an explicit xml:space attribute on the root
> element, an application may choose to process the whitespace within that
> document as it chooses; i.e. as equivalent to either one of 'default'or
> 'preserve' based on the application's default behaviour"

My understanding is that xml:space="default" is the default behavior
in all cases -- "no intention" declared.  The only declarable intention
is with xml:space="preserve", which in practical terms suggests that
the "ignorable whitespace" isn't really ignorable.

The problem is that the xml:space="default" behavior isn't specified
well enough that there will be an interoperable interpretation.

- Dave

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