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[whatwg] [wf2] Note about XML attribute value handling

From: Mikko Rantalainen <mikko.rantalainen@peda.net>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 23:49:57 +0300
Message-ID: <42811E75.4030907@peda.net>
Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> Could we perhaps make a note about this in the WF2 specification:
>   <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml/#AVNormalize>
> Preferably somewhere close to <input type=hidden>. My weblog used to run 
> on XHTML and previewed weblog comments where stored inside the VALUE 
> attribute of a hiddenINPUT element (actually, that is still the case). 
> As XHTML means the above mentioned XML rule applies all formatting got 
> lost. That was a major problem for white-space significant replies. 
> (Replies using the PRE element.)

<input type="hidden"> works just fine with existing UAs even when one 
uses application/xhtml+xml provided that all meaningful whitespace has 
been converted to entities. &#10; for LF, &#13; for CR and so on. PHP, 
for example, provides function htmlentities() exactly for this purpose.

It would be nice to have a note about that somewhere in the spec. I too 
found it hard way.

Received on Tuesday, 10 May 2005 13:49:57 UTC

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