ODF Errata discussion (earlier - Re: REMINDER AND DRAFT AGENDA - Teleconference meeting of WG 6, 2010-06-23 at 13:00 UTC)

Svante Schubert Svante.Schubert at Sun.COM
Wed Jun 23 15:40:18 CEST 2010

Hi Alex,

please excuse the confusion, the sentence below is indeed still within
the errata/specification. (I should not write mails short before our

Thank you for your wording, I would like to reuse it and exchange

"In conformance with the W3C XML specification [XML1.0], white-space
characters that are contained in elements that have element content (in
other words that must contain elements only but not text) are ignored. "


"An ODF processor shall ignore whitespace in element content for elements not declared to contain text content in the ODF schema".

Uncertain yet if we should exchange "ODF processor" with "ODF
implementation", but that are only minor editorial changes.

Thanks for your feed-back, Alex!

On 23.06.2010 14:59, Svante Schubert wrote:
> Hi Alex,
> thanks for the clarification.
> I believe the previoiusly ignored was meant in regard of the output and
> not the input/parsing.
> In any case the sentence addressing the ignorance of whitespace was
> already removed in the latest errata.
> Let's see on the call if there are problems remaining..
> Hear you soon,
> Svante
> Am 23.06.2010 14:46, schrieb Alex Brown:
>> Svante hi
>> On 1309:10 ...
>> The XML Rec. says "An XML processor MUST always pass all characters in a document that are not markup through to the application." 
>> This include white space characters. So the spec ODF saying that any white space characters "are ignored" is NOT in conformance with XML - quite the opposite.
>> If a DTD were in effect a validating processor would be able to label some space as "ignorable" as it was passed through, but it would not be ignored. However, in ODF no DTD is in use.
>> As I understand it, ODF wants to invent a equivalent way of having ignorable white space without a DTD. I think my proposed wording achieves that.
>> - Alex.
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