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From "Hoss Man (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (TIKA-1134) ContentHandler gets ignorable whitespace for <br> tags when parsing HTML
Date Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:48:21 GMT
Hoss Man created TIKA-1134:
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             Summary: ContentHandler gets ignorable whitespace for <br> tags when parsing
HTML
                 Key: TIKA-1134
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TIKA-1134
             Project: Tika
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Hoss Man


I'm not very knowledgable about Tika, so it's possible iI'm missunderstanding something here,
but it appears that the way Tika parses HTML to produce XHTML SAX events is missinterpreting
"<br>" tags as equivilent to ignorable whitespace containing a newline.  This means
that clients who ask Tika to parse files, and specify their own ContentHandler to capture
the character data can get sequences of run-on text w/o knowing that the "<br>" tag
was present -- _unless_ they explicitly handle ignorbaleWhitespace and treat it as "real"
whitespace -- but this creates a catch-22 if you really do want to ignore the ignorable whitespace
in the HTML markup.

The crux of the problem seems to be:
 * instead of generating a startElement event for "br" the HtmlParser treats it as a xhtml.newline().
 * xhtml.newline() generates and ignorableWhitespace SAX event instead of a characters SAX
event

...either one of these by themselves might be fine, but in combination they don't really make
any sense.  If for example an actual newline exists in the html, it comes across as part of
a characters SAX event, not as ignorbale whitespace.


Changing the newline() function to delegate to characters(...) seems to solve the problem
for <br> tags in HTML, but breaks several tests -- probably because the newline() function
is also used to add intentionally add (synthetic) ignorableWhitespace events after elements.



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