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From "Hoss Man (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (TIKA-1134) ContentHandler gets ignorable whitespace for <br> tags when parsing HTML
Date Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:31:47 GMT

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Hoss Man commented on TIKA-1134:

bq. keep this open to make javadocs inside all those wrapper ContentHandlers like BodyContentHandler
to explicitely state that those extract plain text and add extra whitespace to support this.

If this behavior is by design, then i would definitely urge the addition of some documentation
_somewhere_ to better clarify for people writing their own ContentHandler's when/how ignorableWhitespace
events may be generated and how they should be interpreted.
> 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
>          Components: parser
>            Reporter: Hoss Man
>         Attachments: TIKA-1134.patch
> 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() 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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