More CDATA questions
david-b at pacbell.net
Thu Jun 17 20:35:09 BST 1999
John Cowan wrote:
> roddey at us.ibm.com 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.
Doesn't make it clear to me! :-)
2.7 sez "CDATA sections may occur anywhere character data may occur",
and in 2.3 there is no restriction that it not appear within a CDATA
section. QED; and a variety of other arguments conclude the same.
For a few historical perspectives (and John, I noticed we have
both maintained consistent positions on this issue :-) see:
And similar posts, mostly that in October 1998; the issue summarizes
(IMHO) as a minor lack of clarity in how CDATA shows up.
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