John.Martin at ncmail.net
Mon Jul 19 21:04:25 BST 1999
I have heard three different definitions of PCDATA so far.
1) The book called XML: A Primer by Simon St. Laurent defines it as
"parsed character data (#PCDATA)" - Parsed character data is text that
will be examined by the parser for entities and markup. Parsed
character data should not contain any &, <, or > characters; these need
to be represented by the & < and > entities, respectively.
2) Microstar's Near & Far Designer defines it in its help screen as
"Processable Character Data (PCDATA)" - Indicates content that can be
analyzed and processed. Mark-up entities will be recognized within the
3) A colleague of mine swears he saw it defined as "printable character
data," but can't remember where he saw it.
What's up with this? :)
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