White Space

Marcus Carr mrc at allette.com.au
Tue Aug 17 00:49:51 BST 1999

Tim Bray wrote:

> If the answer was easy, it would be in the XML spec.  It turns out to
> be very nearly impossible to write a set of rules that are useful
> across different application spaces and are still comprehensible to
> human beings.  SGML fell apart completely in this area, and the people
> who wrote that were smart.

I think "fell apart completely" is a bit strong, but I do agree that whitespace handling
occasionally resulted in problems. In SGML we got used to overcoming them, as I'm sure we will
in XML.


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc at allette.com.au
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