More CDATA questions

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Jun 17 18:38:14 BST 1999

roddey at wrote:
> Would, for instance, it always be considered characters because its
> not just 'accidental whitespace'? 

Yes, indeed.  Element content models allow only ordinary whitespace,
not CDATA-bracketed whitespace.  Therefore, nothing can be both
"ignorable whitespace" and CDATA-bracketed at the same time.

Clause 3.2.1 makes it clear that whitespace in element-content-model
elements must match the production S, which a CDATA section does not.

> OTOH, this would be technically illegal if it
> were treated as anything besides ignorable whitespace because the content model

It violates the Validity Constraint "Element Valid", specifically
point 2.

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