John Martin 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 &amp; &lt; and &gt; 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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