[Standards] Data Forms and empty fields

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Mon Dec 22 14:37:52 UTC 2008

On Mon Dec 22 13:24:25 2008, Brett Zamir wrote:
> In the Data Forms spec XEP-0004, what is an implementation to do  
> for each type if there are empty fields?
> Send an empty<value/>  or an empty<field/>?
> An empty field would seem to make sense for lists at least, but I  
> wasn't clear on what it should be for say, text-single.

<value/> is semantically equivalent to <value></value>, and therefore  
suggests an actual value of a zero-length string, rather than no  
value at all.

Which doesn't answer your question, of course, but it suggests that  
the answer might depend on what you mean by "empty fields".

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