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Re: RS/RE, again (sorry)

From: Christopher R. Maden <crm@ebt.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 22:12:57 GMT
Message-Id: <199612122212.WAA17597@phaser.EBT.COM>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
[Paul Prescod]

> In *element* content? I have never written a stylesheet that
> explicitly removed whitespace between list items, for instance, or
> between titles and paragraphs, or between paragraphs or between
> bibliography items, or...
> 
> egad...am I misunderstanding or are we talking about a *massive*
> DSSSL script?

You're going to have to do this for XML regardless of what rules we
settle on, since you can't guarantee that the receiving user agent
will parse your DTD.

> According to my reading of the DSSSL spec, the standard behaviour
> for #PCDATA is to pass the characters on to the output. That means
> you must explicitly blow them away, unless, as Lee says, we do some
> special interaction between XML and DSSSL-O, or there is some way to
> turn them off globally. Uck.

And without a DTD, everything is going to be #PCDATA.  Unless we add
new delimiters, which I think will be prohibitively confusing to new
users.

> As I mentioned before, it would be better off leaving out whitespace
> between elements. We can't have *both* all whitespace significant
> *and* reliable whitespace removal for pretty printing.

That's just gross.  I can easily think of documents that I would not
be able to edit in vi or in xedit due to line or record length
restrictions.

-Chris
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