Problem in understanding rule [14] of XML spec

Richard Tobin richard at
Thu Jan 27 13:14:37 GMT 2000

In article <00b601bf68c3$75fb0600$8d6536ca at SERVER.ABINFOSYSTEMS>,
Amit Rekhi <amitr at> wrote:

>I have not been able to understand the reason why production rule [14]:
>CharData: [^<&]* - ([^<&]*  ']]>'  [^<&]*)
>is not written like:
>CharData: [^<&]* -  ']]>'

Your rule would accept any string of non-<& characters except the string
']]>'.  The rule in the spec accepts any string of non-<& characters 
except ones *containing* the string ']]>'.

>- How would rule [14] behave with the following strings?
>1) abc]]>
>2) abc]]>def

It rejects them both, as intended.

Actually, the rule could have been more simply written

  [^<&]* - (Char*  ']]>'  Char*)

-- Richard

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