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encoding/xml: add an option to marshal line breaks and tabs literally #8166

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gopherbot opened this Issue Jun 7, 2014 · 2 comments

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gopherbot commented Jun 7, 2014

by opennota:

(*Encoder).Encode and Marshal marshal line breaks as #xA; and tabs as #x9;
http://play.golang.org/p/elBX-TVXBL

It would be nice to have an option to marshal them (except in attributes) literally,
like so, for example:

encoder := xml.NewEncoder(...)
encoder.Literal = true
err := encoder.Encode(...)

// Output:
// <Foo>1
// 2
// 3</Foo>
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ianlancetaylor commented Jun 9, 2014

Comment 1:

I think we would need a compelling reason to add such a feature, something more than it
would be nice.  It should be possible to do this in the program by having the XML code
write to a Writer that translates the byte sequences where appropriate.

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gopherbot commented Jun 10, 2014

Comment 2 by opennota:

> It should be possible to do this in the program by having the XML code write to a
Writer that translates the byte sequences where appropriate.
Well, here it is. Sometimes you want your XML to be human readable, and encoding ", ',
\\, \n and \t as entities effectively prevents that.
Also, I don't see any reason at all why they should be encoded, except in attribute
values. Perhaps I should file another issue, titled "do not encode anything that needs
not to be encoded".
> It should be possible to do this in the program by having the XML code write to a
Writer that translates the byte sequences where appropriate.
There is a simpler and more efficient way - to fork the code and amend it. I don't want
to go for it.

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