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

James Tauber jtauber at
Fri Oct 30 17:33:57 GMT 1998

-----Original Message-----
From: John Cowan <cowan at>
>So if CDATA sections are equivalent to character data, they are
>unequivocally forbidden.  Only whitespace is permitted.  To suppose
>otherwise is to suppose that CDATA sections with whitespace are
>allowable anywhere that whitespace is allowable, which is absurd:
>"<FOO<![CDATA[ ]]>bar=baz>" anyone?

This doesn't follow because the productions explicitly say where CDATA
sections can occur for the document to be well-formed.

James Tauber / jtauber at /
Associate Researcher, Electronic Commerce Network
Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia

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