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You will not have any problems with this at all and Google recommends you remove such space when possible. Minification refers to the process of removing unnecessary or redundant data without affecting how the resource is processed by the browser - e.g. code comments and formatting, removing unused code, using shorter variable and function names, ...


I do not know a great deal about Search Engine Optimization, but I do know enough about HTML parsing to know that whitespace is mostly ignored to the parser. HTML parsers and SEO parsers should work in a similar manner. As a rule of thumb I would expect this to be true: If a website's source code is changed and it renders the same, it should rank the same.

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