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Re: normalize-space(me)

Subject: Re: normalize-space(me)
From: Wendell Piez <wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 13:00:27 -0400
normalize space alternative
At 11:05 AM 6/17/2002, David wrote:
I think you just want
<xsl:template match="*"/>

<xsl:template match="text()">
 <xsl:value-of select="translate(.',&#10;,&#9;',  ')"/>

This answer is the best, I think.

The problem with normalizing space on all text nodes is that it turns

<TITLE>This is
<S>not</S> a
normal title</TITLE>


<TITLE>This is<S>not</S>a normal title</TITLE>

which won't do.

The alternative to David's translate() -- thinkable in some situations, and having the virtue of collapsing runs of spaces -- is to normalize, then put back spaces around inline elements like <S> above. The problem with this technique is knowing when to put them back and when not to: sometimes the heuristics can get pretty hairy, and sometimes (for example if you're using subscripts to do things like H<sub>2</sub>O) impossible.


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