[Mono-dev] monodocer formatting problem
atsushi at ximian.com
Thu Aug 10 23:06:43 EDT 2006
Some guys asked me to have a look at monodocer XML formatting problem
that the latest XmlTextWriter formats xml differently than before.
Here I list what I analyzed. Any corrections are welcome:
- Basically, the latest XmlTextWriter's behavior is what exactly matches
.net's, so it is rather problems in existing documents (if you
disagree file a bug please). MSDN document tells that it invalidates
indentation when it found a mixed content, but it is simply wrong
(it cannot explain why an empty element is formatted as <foo>\n</foo>
while a simple text element is formatted as <foo>string</foo>).
- If there are text contents (texts, CDATA and whitespaces), the
container element does not indent its contents after it found a
content mix. But since XmlTextWriter is not the God, it does not
foresee whether the content is mixed or not when they write first
- An applied example is what happens with whitespaces. If there are
extra whitespaces between <foo> and <bar> (i.e. like <foo>\n<bar>),
*the entire element foo* is not indented. That is, until </foo>
there will be no generated whitespaces.
(At first I thought that the "problem" lies in the entire whitespace
thingy, but as the above implies, it is just one example case.)
- Existing documents need formatting, so we can't just disable
- There is no way to reproduce exactly the same results from
the correct XmlTextWriter.
Thus, the solution is only in two ways:
- enbrace inevitable diffs
- add old wrong XmlTextWriter to be used in monodocer to replace
Grab XmlTextWriter.cs and XmlTextWriterOpenElement.cs from
Which would be better?
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