CDATA by any other name... (was The raw and the cooked)

Lauren Wood lauren at
Mon Nov 2 02:17:38 GMT 1998

On 1 Nov 98, at 18:05, Paul Prescod wrote:

> Lauren Wood wrote:
> > 
> > If the CDATA section
> > is simply an escaping mechanism, then the data can be
> > transformed before being passed to the DOM, in which case the
> > DOM will never see a CDATA section. Should the CDATA section
> > have some other significance, the parser can leave it as a CDATA
> > section and pass it to the DOM, which will respect it.
> Is there a standard way for the DOM client software to say whether it
> wants access to CDATA sections or not?

No. If people think it would be useful, we could potentially add 
some sort of "turn CDATA section into Text" method (and/or vice 
versa) in Level 2. Then the DOM client could run that before 
accessing the data. I'm not sure how else we could determine 
access without losing information (I assume you don't mean that 
information in the CDATA sections should be invisible to the client 


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