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Subject: [OASIS Issue Tracker] Commented: (OFFICE-3482) "Text characterdata"

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Dennis Hamilton commented on OFFICE-3482:

I agree this is confused and we need to clean things up.

I think the XML definition of character data is a good reason not to use the, since that applies to anything outside of start and end tags (and comments and the delimiters of CDATA) and I am not sure what it says about entity notation.

Also, the Relax NG Schema specification introduces a data model that has the character data of the document be different than this.  Or, put another way, RNG differentiates string children of elements with regard to text-only content that conforms to a specified datatype and also general mixed content.

The Relax NG model may be better for us, if we established a nomenclature for it and then stuck to it.

Also, we need to deal with elements that deliver text (suitably styled) to the principle rendering of the document and elements that do not.  (Material retained in tracked changes is potentially deliverable, but not as the current version of the document.)  

[I know, I'm making up more undefined terms.  Perhaps we can't say anything about what is viewed as elements that always contribute to the substantial text of the document, and those which definitely do not, leaving only those grey cases that have a variety of discretionary contributions, such as annotations, deleted material that is tracked, the accessibility provisions, etc.  We seem to have made the attempt with regard to paragraph-content, a particular RNG pattern, so maybe it is just being systematic about when an element has (styled, formatted) text that is provided to paragraph-content as the markup is interpreted as document "stuff."]

> "Text character data"
> ---------------------
>                 Key: OFFICE-3482
>                 URL: http://tools.oasis-open.org/issues/browse/OFFICE-3482
>             Project: OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>          Components: Text
>    Affects Versions: ODF 1.2 CD 05
>            Reporter: Robert Weir 
>             Fix For: ODF 1.2 CD 06
> Part 1, section 6.1.1 -- We say "Text character data contained...". Does this mean anything different than "character data", which is the term we use elsewhere? 
> In general, I'm not getting the distinction between "character data", "character content", "text content" and "text character data".
> The XML term is "character data" defined as: "All text that is not markup constitutes the character data of the document". 

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