Raw/Cooked APIs (was Re: CDATA by any other name...)

Paul Prescod papresco at technologist.com
Sat Oct 31 18:57:18 GMT 1998

"Henry S. Thompson" wrote:
> The DOM made a serious mistake here in my opinion: it's
> stranded in no-person's-land between raw and cooked, without being
> either.  It's not cooked, because it gives you EntityReference and
> CDATA nodes.  It's not raw, because it DOESN'T give you character
> entity references.

Note that grove-based APIs such as that exposed by GroveMinder and the
soon-to-be-releaed PyGrove do not have this problem. They present exactly
as much information as the grove user asks for or the application can
supply (obviously, whichever is less!). Users and grove-providing tools
can communicate what they want with "grove plans." Over a few months, I've
been working on a tutorial introduction to groves. The unfinished work is


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