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From Rodrigo Ruiz <>
Subject Re: xhtml and Internet Explorer
Date Fri, 31 Oct 2003 09:04:51 GMT
Marius, I think such a feature request should not be addressed to 
Tomcat, but to the JSP specification itself. Remember that Tomcat is 
being used as the reference implementation of servlet/JSP technologies, 
and so it should stick to the specification.

Basically, as I see it, your request means a special treatment for a 
subset of directives in a few specific cases. I think it would imply 
that tags could be marked as not generating any output, so when in a 
single JSP line there were only such marked tags and leading / trailing 
spaces among them, the line itself could be omited from the output. Such 
a change should be made from the specification.


Marius Scurtescu wrote:

> JSP is a templating language which is using a meta
> language: the JSP constructs.
> The new line is in the JSP indeed, but is it part
> of the meta language or part of the literal output?
> I would argue that these new lines are part of the
> meta language and that they should not be output.
> You put them there so the meta language you use is
> readable.
> See how FreeMarker, another templating language,
> is dealing with this issue:

> You are not asking the directive to scan anything,
> the page compiler could consider white space and newlines
> after a directive as part of that directive.
> Marius
> Adam Hardy wrote:
>> On 10/30/2003 10:08 PM Marius Scurtescu wrote:
>>> I will consider implementing a filter to remove
>>> the empty lines before the <html> tag.

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