[jdom-interest] Element.getContentTrim() ?

Alexander Hvostov root at aoi.dyndns.org
Mon Oct 8 08:34:25 PDT 2001

On Mon, 8 Oct 2001 11:14:13 -0400, "Alex Rosen" <arosen at silverstream.com> wrote:

> We talked about this recently. (Actually that proposal was to have getText()
> recurse into child nodes, which I think is pretty much the same as what
> you're asking for.) My arguments against this are
> http://www.servlets.com/archive/servlet/ReadMsg?msgId=117571&listName=jdom-i
> nterest and
> http://www.servlets.com/archive/servlet/ReadMsg?msgId=118234&listName=jdom-i
> nterest.
> > I'm sure all of you know how this would look in HTML.
> > Unfortunately, an HTML
> > display program would need to do getContent() so that it can
> > cause the <b>
> > elements (and other markup) to have their usual HTML effects,
> However, JDOM is designed for XML, not any specific flavor like HTML/XHTML.
> Are you proposing this so that someone who is using JDOM to do HTML-like
> stuff doesn't have to do the work to get the child elements themselves? I
> don't think that something like that belongs in a general-purpose XML
> library.
> > while still
> > supporting plain old text, trimmed in the usual SGML/HTML/XML way.
> There is no usual way to trim XML text - XML doesn't have this notion. Any
> trimming, normalizing, or recursion we add is something we've made up to
> support a particular style of XML. There are many different styles of XML,
> and that's why I don't think that any of those things belong in the main
> JDOM classes.
> Alex

Then why is getTextTrim() there? What I'm asking for is not particularly
different from that...



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