Re: Result still indented despite indent="no"
That would mean, default behaviour should be of whitespace stripping! This is exactly what IE is doing? Is'nt it fine! And IE is preserving whitespaces fine in presence of xml:space="preserve".. No. What's supposed to happen is that the parser reports all white space, always, but marks some white space as ignorable so that higher level applications such as xslt can ignore it if they so choose, or in an application like xslt have options (settable with xsl:stip-space and xsl;preserve-space) on whether to ignore it or not. If the parser really removes the white space (even if it got the correct white space nodes) then an application doesn't get much choice in the matter. I only mentioned the vagueness of the XML parser spec as it offers a legalistic get out clause for more or less any kind of behaviour as it wasn't written by lawyers but by technical peoplke with long experience of sgml and just takes for granted many things. (It doesn't state clearly that a parser has to report all elements in the right order, or at all, for example). How do you rate this characteristic of IE from developer ease and cross-browser implementation point of view? It's white space behaviour means it is utterly broken as an XML document browser. You won't have any difficulty in finding people at MS who will agree with that. However you might have difficulty in getting them to change it (I hear there's going to be an IE7..) if you change it then some stylesheets will behave differently and the problem with distributing a piece of software to 90% of the world's desktops is that people use it, and changing anything in a backward incompatible way (even if it is fixing a bug) can get expensive (for your clients, not for the person making the change). So it's a commercial issue not a technical one. David ________________________________________________________________________ This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star. The service is powered by MessageLabs. For more information on a proactive anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, visit: http://www.star.net.uk ________________________________________________________________________
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