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

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Nov 2 15:28:47 GMT 1998

Paul Prescod wrote:

> Is there a standard way for the DOM client software to say whether it
> wants access to CDATA sections or not?

No.  In fact, the DOM level 1 does not define any API for the
creator, only for the accessor.  You can add elements and other
things, but you can't create or populate a DOM using only the
standard API.

DOM Level 1 is an ugly mess, and the only justification for it
is to keep Netscape and Microsoft from implementing even uglier
incompatible DOMs.

John Cowan		cowan at
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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