XML QuotedCData question

Peter Murray-Rust Peter at ursus.demon.co.uk
Mon Mar 10 01:51:48 GMT 1997

This article was posted on comp.text.sgml.  I have replied there in general
terms, but think there is sufficient ambiguity in the draft that discussion
here may be useful.  (I am struggling over parameter substitution at present).


In article <3322BBE5.1E5C at east.sun.com>
           eric.baatz at east.sun.com
           "Eric Baatz - Sun Microsystems Labs BOS" writes:

 > I've been looking over the 14-Nov-96 XML working draft and
 > 1. I don't understand why XML's QuotedCData seems to allow
 >    constructs that look like references but aren't.  (I am
 >    assuming that such constructs would make life difficult
 >    for parsers.)  For example:
 >      "&fooref;"
 >    seems to be legal by applying the [^"<] part of the following
 >    eight times.
 >      QuotedCData := '"' ([^"<] | Reference)* '"' ...
 >    Is the XML draft not stating some restriction, such as "if it
 >    looks like a reference, it must be a reference"?
 > 2. Is there a better place (perhaps more specific to XML) for me
 >    to post XML queries such as #1?
 > Thank you in advance for any help.
 > Eric Baatz
 > Sun Microsystems Laboratories
 > 2 Elizabeth Drive, MS UCHL03-207                 (508) 442-0257
 > Chelmsford, MA 01824                        fax: (508) 250-5067
 > USA                                    Internet: eric.baatz at east.sun.com

Peter Murray-Rust, domestic net connection
Virtual School of Molecular Sciences

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