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Re: Trimming spaces and dropping empty paragraphs.

From: Lee Passey <lee@dysfunctionals.org>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 16:05:12 -0700
Message-ID: <3BE083A8.E57D8667@dysfunctionals.org>
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
CC: tidy-develop@lists.sourceforge.net, html-tidy <html-tidy@w3.org>
Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:

> This might be considered a bug, Tidy should produce a canonical version
> of the document (equal settings => equal result, no matter how often you
> apply these rules) and here it doesn't. I vote for fixing it, your
> example and the result after cleaning it two times render the same in
> current browsers.

After pursuing several false paths, I think I have come up with a very small
change which will solve most, if not all, of these problems.  The apparent
theory of operation is that if spaces in a text node are trimmed to the point
where the node no longer contains any text, the node should be removed from
the tree.  This removal occurs in the parser.c in the function
TrimTrailingSpace().  However, the test of whether to remove the node is
inside the conditional (last->end > last->start), so if the node enters the
function already empty it will not be removed.  This situation can occur, for
example, when you have an empty space, bracketed by inline tags such as <em>,
inside a block, such as paragraphs, e.g:

<p><em> </em></p>

In this case TrimInitialSpace() has incremented node->start before
TrimTrailingSpace is called, so the node is now empty, but has not been
removed.  When the resulting text is printed it appears as:


the space has been removed, but the tags are intact.  Running this through
tidy a second time causes the (now) empty paragraph to be removed.

The simple fix to this is to split the conditional statement into a test for
a text node and a test for content, and then placing the test for removing
the node inside the first block but outside the second.  Here are the diffs
to implement the fix:

<     if (last != null && last->type == TextNode && last->end > last->start)
>     if (last != null && last->type == TextNode)
>         if (last->end > last->start)
>         {
>                 }
>             }
>         }
<             }
<         }

I have added this fix to my C++ implementation of Tidy.  Let me know ASAP if
I need to back it out.

Received on Wednesday, 31 October 2001 18:13:11 UTC

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