Preserving white space and entity references in DataChannel XJP

Vance Christiaanse vance at
Tue Jul 27 20:55:07 BST 1999

> Erik James Freed wrote:
> I am experiencing some strange behavior with the datachannel XML
> parser package (the most recent one).
> In my reading of the DOM spec, this is not appropriate behavior, but
> perhaps I am missing something.
> The behavior is that when I do a 'setPreserveWhiteSpace(true)' before
> parsing a document, and the document
> contains strings with entity references such as:
>     <element1> &lt; fubar &gt; </element1>
> when I then do a getText() on element1, what is returned is a
> java.lang.String that contains a null (char 0) for each entity
> reference.
> These nulls of course confound the rest of the code I am writing. In
> side the DOM tree the entity reference objects are happily holding the
> appropriate text representation  i.e. '<' and  '>'.
> Turning off white space preservation makes the getText() place
> appropriate decoded entity references in the resulting string.
> Bug or feature?
> erik
> Erik James Freed
> InfoCanvas Software

I don't see a setPreserveWhiteSpace(...) method or preserveWhiteSpace
class or instance variable in the DOM spec and I don't see getText() or
a text variable either. The answer to "bug or feature" would be up to

> datachannel XML parser package


Vance Christiaanse
TextWise, LLC
vance at

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