Is CDATA "structure"?

Matt Sergeant matt.sergeant at
Thu Jul 15 15:18:08 BST 1999

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Otvos [mailto:tom.otvos at]
> proposed alternative was to skip CDATA altogether and just 
> entity-encode the
> HTML, making it virtually illegible in a text editor but very 
> readable in an
> XML editor.

To make it more readable you could just encode "<" and "&" - they're the
only characters you really have to encode. The only way I see that getting
_really_ ugly is if you have &amp; in your HTML.

Sorry, I know this doesn't answer your question though, but that's only
because I didn't quite understand what you were saying. It sounded as though
you were saying that the XML editors (or your parser) *weren't* preserving
carriage returns in CDATA sections. Any editor that does this should be
thrown out IMHO - it's broken behaviour. Of course if that's not what you're
saying, perhaps you could be a little more clear for me.


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