[jdom-interest] setIgnoringElementContentWhitespace inoperant ?

Rolf Lear rlear at algorithmics.com
Thu Dec 9 11:27:03 PST 2004

Using perl-like regexp:


Delete all whitespace preceeding an Element open tag after a newline......

This strikes me as being the logical behaviour considering "pretty printing"
basically just manages indents.


-----Original Message-----
From: jdom-interest-bounces at jdom.org
[mailto:jdom-interest-bounces at jdom.org]On Behalf Of Elliotte Harold
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 2:06 PM
To: Ken Roberts
Cc: Eric VERGNAUD; jdom-interest at jdom.org; Jason Hunter
Subject: Re: [jdom-interest] setIgnoringElementContentWhitespace
inoperant ?

Ken Roberts wrote:

> I thought that was why this would be an option rather than default 
> behavior?  If you might be reading such a thing then this property would 
> not be set, but if you have no such constraints and want dense output it 
> would be a desirable feature.

No. The purpose of this is to eliminate boundary white space that is 
inserted for purposes of indentation. It is not to change existing white 
space in the text content of a document. That is a separate and 
logically distinct operation. The appearance of insignificant boundary 
white space is normally a document wide characteristic. the significance 
of white space in text is normally determinable only on an element by 
element basis. For instance in XHTML, it's not very important within a p 
element, but it is important within a pre element.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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