XML whitespace

Randy Bryan rbryan at CapAccess.org
Tue Jul 20 00:57:32 BST 1999

I'm  looking at the EBNF grammar
of XML 1.0 at www.w3.org and it 
brings up a question. 

The XML specification doesn't allow
for whitespace in several places.
For example, this is not legal
in a start tag.
< termdef >

And these are not legal 
in an end tag.
 . .
 . .
 V V
< / termdef > 

Why is this?

Attributes allow whitespace.
This is legal. 
                . . .       . .
                . . .       . .
                V V V       V V
<termdef usename = " foobar1 " >

Why is whitespace allowed sometimes
and other times not? 

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