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

Rick Jelliffe ricko at
Tue Nov 3 17:24:03 GMT 1998

> From: Richard Tobin [mailto:richard at]

> Surely the unanswerable argument against CDATA elements in XML was
> they prevent you from parsing a document without the DTD.  Just like
> optional start/end tags, and unmarked empty elements.

A good reason, but you could always say that "every CDATA element must have
an attribute xml:content-mode='CDATA'".  So not unanswerable (though neither
<![CDATA[ ]]> nor the attribute commend themselves). And not unthinkable, as
xml:lang and xml:space prove.

Rick Jelliffe

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