Re: [xsl] Ignorable whitespace and XSLT

Subject: Re: [xsl] Ignorable whitespace and XSLT
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 14:58:07 GMT
> Is this intended behaviour,

> and if so, why?
Very little of XSLT(1) depends on DTD declarations, the main thing being
id() and even there there is the option of using key which is a more
flexible alternative that doesn't rely on the dtd.

In particular, the XML rec says:

   An XML processor MUST always pass all characters in a document that
   are not markup through to the application. A validating XML processor
   MUST also inform the application which of these characters constitute
   white space appearing in element content.

so a non validating parser (which is probably the kind most often used
with XSLT) need not report which white space nodes are in element

Making this configurable (only) from XSLT makes it much easier to port
stylesheets across different parsers, or at least it would have been if
the parsers had implemented the XML spec as written.


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