An incompatible CData idea

Paul Prescod papresco at
Mon Oct 27 21:47:14 GMT 1997

Toby Speight wrote:
> (Using entities may or may not be a better move, depending on one's
> assessment of the source material.  It's an inescapable fact that all
> included material needs a stage of processing before insertion.  In
> fact, the more I think about it, the more dangerous I think CDATA
> marked sections are, because they enable one to get away with it
> *almost every time*, thus increasing the likelihood of a quick-fix
> solution appearing to work despite containing an (obscure) bug.)

I think that CDATA marked sections cause obscure bugs.

For example, this code is not valid:


if (g[ j [ i ]]> 5) print "foo"


The second marked section end delimiter will cause an error message. It
will not be interpreted as content as you might expect.

 Paul Prescod

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