Re: CDATA section or text node data type
Well I am using w3c specified schema language. <![CDATA[aaa]]> does specify whether aaa is a text data or numeric data. No, you misunderstand the purpose of the CDATA section, CDATA is a purely syntactic construct, it's _only_ purpose is to tell the parser that < and & are to be treated as character data rather than markup. It doesn't affect the interpretation of any other characters apart from those two. <a><![CDATA[aaa]]></a> is the same as <a>aaa</a> <a><![CDATA[a<aa]]></a> is the same as <a>a<aa</a> In XPath or the Infoset or a schema validation input these will be reported identically. DOM and some other API may report that a CDATA syntax was used, but that's mainly for use in editing constructs where you want to preserve the syntax that the author used. W3C schema allows you to specify that the content of an element matches a regular expression or the syntax of a specified numeric type, but this checking happens _after_ the XML parse, so you can not constrain syntactic features in a schema. If you specify that <a> takes an integer then <a>123</a> is valid and <a>zzz</a> is invalid but for example <a><![CDATA]></a> is valid (as it is identical to the first one) as is <!DOCTYPE a [ <!ENTITY foo "2"> ]> <a>&foo;3</a> which is similarly produces the same input to a schema validator. > I > expect that whatever there in CDADA or Text node is a numeric or byte > etc... XML content is never "bytes" it is always characters. The use of a CDATA section doesn't change that. David ________________________________________________________________________ This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star. The service is powered by MessageLabs. For more information on a proactive anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, visit: http://www.star.net.uk ________________________________________________________________________
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