[jdev] XHTML-IM XEP implementation

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Thu Jan 4 17:06:06 CST 2007

Justin Karneges wrote:
> On Thursday 04 January 2007 1:04 pm, Maciek Niedzielski wrote:
>> Norman Rasmussen wrote:
>>>> Whitespace is significant in the <body/> element, no?
>>> True, so we need to remind client developers that it's significant in
>>> the html node too, and that it's the job of the _receiving_ client to
>>> ensure that the whitespace is preserved (not the sending client)
>> Just a question I always wanted to ask: Is it possible for a server to
>> rewrite a stanza (and break the whitespaces)?
> Whitespace is always significant.  That's XML.  If a server rewrites XML, the 
> whitespace must still be there.
> As for XHTML, whitespace significance really depends on how XHTML is supposed 
> to work.  Yes, the whitespace is there, since XHTML is XML, but what is the 
> meaning of the whitespace to an XHTML renderer?  I don't believe this is ours 
> to decide.
> If XHTML is just like HTML, where any length of whitespace simplifies down to 
> one character for presentation, then we should probably respect this in 



Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

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