Re: Tradeoffs of XML encoding by enclosing all content in CDAT
> Can someone summarize specifically why you should NOT do that? If the content of the elements are known to be character content, not markup, it's safe enough using CDATA although it's hard to imagine any environment other than hand authoring where it's significantly easier to wrap the content in <![CDATA[ than it is to quote occurrences of < and &. But it depends if that's what they really want, some people of course quote other content like <entry><![CDATA[<p>random <b>not </p> well formed content]]></entry> on the grounds that it makes the parse errors go away and is easier than fixing up the content to be well formed. That has the significant tradeoff though that the markup is no longer markup, and any xml tools won't see the element structure at all. David ________________________________________________________________________ The Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 1249803. The registered office is: Wilkinson House, Jordan Hill Road, Oxford OX2 8DR, United Kingdom. This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star. The service is powered by MessageLabs. ________________________________________________________________________
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