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Re: What does it mean to lexically distinguish significantand

  • From: David Carlisle <d.p.carlisle@gmail.com>
  • To: "Costello, Roger L." <costello@mitre.org>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:43:33 +0100

Re:  What does it mean to lexically distinguish significantand
It means that you can't tell from xml syntax as specified whether


means the same as


you could assume it's always significant (which would never allow you
to re-indent or otherwise re-format some xml)
but in practice you need external knowledge of the vocabulary.

in (x)html


is not the same as




is the same as


There is no syntactical (lexical) difference in the way white space
content of p and body are marked up in html: the significance or
otherwise of the space is specified in the processing of xhtml not in
the way it is parsed.


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