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Re: Preventing tags from collapsing
Subject: Re: Preventing tags from collapsing|
From: ben senior <ben@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 11:23:30 +0200
As mentioned before, not just IE. FYI, we also have big problems with
<textarea> and mozilla, for instance.
Andrew Welch wrote:
In our case it turns out that it is XML transforms happening
XSL comes on the scene that are causing the minimisation.
Although, I suppose we could then use XSL to find nodes with
and then 'un-minimise' them by inserting some comments text.
worth a go I suppose.
Yes - the part you are concerned with here is the way that the result
tree (the result of the transformation) gets serialised. XSLT operates
on a source tree created by the XML parser - XSLT doesn't know whether
in the XML the element was written as <foo/> or <foo></foo>, all it sees
is a node in a tree. Equally in the result tree a node is just a node,
only when that node gets serialised is there any influence over whether
the node gets written out as <foo/> or <foo></foo>. XSLT generates the
result tree, the serialiser operates on the result tree to produce the
If you have specified the HTML output method, then the serialiser checks
against a set of rules and will write out HTML elements correctly eg
<meta> with no closing tag as it is defined as EMPTY in the HTML DTD.
If you have specified the XHTML output method of 2.0 then the serialiser
will write out <meta /> as an empty XML element, as that how it defined
in XHTML. The key to remember here is that in XML <foo/> and
<foo></foo> are identical - it's only when we send XML to the HTML
parser in IE that it becomes significant.
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