-----Original Message----- From: Paul Prescod <papresco@t...> To: xml-dev@i... <xml-dev@i...> Date: 16 December 1997 16:30 Subject: Re: CharData >Chris Maden wrote: >> You are correct; ']]>' is forbidden in element content, as it should >> be. > >The reason for this is not just SGML compatibility, it is robustness. A >floating MDC is almost certainly an error in the document. I don't think you're being particularly user-friendly here. The most likely reason for a floating "]]>" is that the software-writer was lazy and forgot to escape it. If we assume that most XML will be software-generated, then it appears the only purpose of CDATA is to allow the software-writer to copy in a chunk of text without bothering to convert the <'s and &'s to < and &. But since he still has to check for any "]]>" in the text, and has no clear course of action if he finds one, it's not at all clear that it achieves this aim. As one who is currently writing software to generate XML, I have no intention of deliberately generating CDATA, and the need to avoid doing so by mistake is a complication I could do without. In practice I will just get round it by escaping all my >'s as well as my <'s. Mike Kay, ICL xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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