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Subject: Re: [office-comment] Whitespace again (ODF all version)

Hi Alex,

On 23.02.09 09:54, Alex Brown wrote:
> Dear all,
> 1.5 has:
> ---------begin extract
> "In conformance with the W3C XML specification [XML1.0], optional white-space characters that are contained in elements that have element content are ignored. This applies to the following white-space and end-of-line (EOL) [UNICODE] characters:
> LINE FEED (0x000A)
> SPACE (0x0020)
> For any other element, white-spaces are preserved by default. Unless otherwise stated, there is no special processing for any of the four white-space characters."
> ---------end extract
> * How is the behaviour in the first sentence in conformance with XML 1.0? "optional whitespace" is only mentioned there in relation to (DTD) validity. I think this phrase should be removed.
> * Consider this fragment:
> <text:p><text:span>Hello</text:span> <text:span>world</text:span></text:p>
> Since the <text:p> element has element content, according to extract above the space between "Hello" and "world" has to be ignored. Surely not.
> I think what the author intended here was "whitespace characters in elements DECLARED TO HAVE ONLY element content are ignored".

I think you are right. I know that our TC editor planed to rephrase this 
section anyway, and believe the rephrased section will be clearer in 
this regard.

Best regards


> * Note the repertoire of whitespace characters differs between eds 4 and 5 of XML 1.0. It might be better to remove this list of whitespace characters as they are already defined by XML.
> * "For any other elements" -> "For elements declared to have mixed content" (for the same reason as above).
> * The last sentence in the extract is unhelpful and could usefully be removed.
> Also, throughout ODF, whitespace is referred to as "whitespace", "white space" or "white-space". If ODF could standardise on just one form it would go one better than the XML 1.0 Recommendation :-)
> - Alex.

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