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  • From: David Megginson <ak117@freenet.carleton.ca>
  • To: Martin Beet <Martin.Beet@ncl.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 11:07:40 -0400

Martin Beet writes:

 > I'm in the process of writing (yet) an(other) introduction to XML and
 > I'm currently plodding through the standard.
 > The only purpose of the CDATA section (CDSect) I can think of is for
 > showing code examples. Am I missing something?

That's the general idea, but it's a little narrow.  Here are a few
uses of CDATA marked sections, off the top of my head:

- source code
- excerpts from system log files
- user sessions with a shell (like bash or command.com)
- sample XML markup
- ASCII art
- mathematical text and other special notations (such as embedded TeX)

Here's a non-source-code example:

<para>If the teletype machine displays the following text, please
leave the building as quickly as possible:</para>
			  Earthquake Warning

Good luck with the introduction,


David Megginson                 ak117@freenet.carleton.ca
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins@microstar.com

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