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Subject: Re: [office] Fwd: ODF spec question (white-space processing)

On Monday 04 September 2006 11:26, Michael Brauer - Sun Germany - ham02 - Hamburg wrote:
> Daniel Vogelheim wrote:
> >>David Faure wrote:
> >>
> >>>So  <text:p>         foo</text:p>
> >>>will have only one word and zero spaces in Writer.
> >>>I expect it to have 1 space and one word.

Note that this would indeed be "collapsing" (to a single space), instead of removing.
The spec does talk about collapsing, not about removing.

> >>HTML ignores white space characters behind the start element tag, 
> > 
> > Actually, HTML does no such thing. Neither the HTML spec nor actual
> > HTML browsers remove existing whitespace behind a start element tag.
> What browser are you using? At least my Mozilla as well as Firefox doesn't 
> display them.

Mozilla does keep one space after a start element, in my tests:
       Foo<span>          bar</span>

This shows "Foo bar" in mozilla (and in konqueror), as I expected,
and not "Foobar".
White space is collapsed, not removed.

> Well, the intention behind the white-space processing rules is to allow 
> authors to pretty-print paragraph text. HTML is used as an archetype here, 
> because its rules do work very well in practice. It may be that we could find 
> some better wording for the relation of the OpenDocument white space 
> processing rules to HTML, but IMHO it is consistent with the HTML 
> specification to ignore white space characters at the paragraph start.

But HTML doesn't do that, and therefore OpenDocument shouldn't do it either.

David Faure, faure@kde.org, sponsored by Trolltech to work on KDE,
Konqueror (http://www.konqueror.org), and KOffice (http://www.koffice.org).

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