[jdom-interest] XMLOutputter to the rescue (get/setText)

Richard Cook rpc at prismtechnologies.com
Thu Jul 12 14:16:55 PDT 2001

6 of one, 1/2 dozen of t'other. but I'm glad they didn't decide to do that
with "cat directory" when they designed unix.

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Subject: RE: [jdom-interest] XMLOutputter to the rescue (get/setText)

At 3:52 PM +0100 7/12/01, Richard Cook wrote:
>I think java licensing makes it OK for the nuclear bit.
>but data oriented could be fooled by recursion:

No, I don't think they could be fooled. They always get what they ask for.

>  <group>
>    <entry>fred</entry>
>    <entry>jim</entry>
>  </group>
>traversing in a composite like way I find a node with "fred..jim" and nodes
>with "fred" and "jim"

If they ask for the text of a group, they get the text of that group. If
they ask for the text of an entry they get the text of that entry.

The question here really is predictability. If somebody does ask for the
text of group what do they expect to get? a string full of white space? or "
  "? I think it's the latter. They may be marginally surprised by the line
breaks, but that's easy to notice and normalize if it's a concern.

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