[xquery-talk] preserving space in attribute content

David Carlisle davidc at nag.co.uk
Wed Jun 7 01:05:16 PDT 2006

>I need to preserve whitespace in an attribute, as in
> <elem someAttr="     somecontent"/>
> The space in other words is signficant and I don't want it normalized away
> on processing. Is this doable?

The white space isn't normali[zs]ed in the sense of normalize-space, 

<elem someAttr="     somecontent"/>

is a valid XQuery expression that produces

<elem someAttr="     somecontent"/>

with all spaces intact.

The only normalisation that happens is the same as XML,newlines get
turned to spaces. You can stop this by using a numeric character

> What's the &_ ... underscore in your entitized version btw?

Mike stuck a spurious _ in his example to make sure that
you saw the & syntax, some brokem mailers try to be smart and assume
that things that look like html should be displayed as html which would
mean that the character ref was displayed as a newline, which would
spoil the point of the comment. (This is a perennial problem over on


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