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   RE: ]]> within a CDATA marked section ?

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  • From: Jarle Stabell <jarle.stabell@dokpro.uio.no>
  • To: "xml-dev@ic.ac.uk" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 13:16:13 +0100

Pat wrote: 
Is it possible to put the sequence ]]> within a CDATA marked section ?


<P> Here is the beginning of the CDATA marked section:
blah blah ...
Here is the true end.

[JS]  I don't think so. A "workaround" is to close the first CDATA section, write the ]]> (or for compatibility it seems you have to use ]]&gt; and then open up a new CDATA section to continue.


<P> Here is the beginning of the CDATA marked section:
blah blah ...
Here is the true end.
BTW: Do people think XML parsers generally will/should complain about a ]]> when it for *compatibility* should be ]]&gt; ?
(Or do I misinterpret the draft text:

'and must for compatibility, be escaped using "&gt;" or a character reference when it appears in the string "]]>", when that string is not marking the end of a CDATA section'

Does it mean that the user should better use "&gt;" to be compatible with SGML, or that the XML parser should report this as an error if not escaped using "&gt;"?)

I have some concerns related to & and < when not followed by a char which can start a name (or "<!", <?").
I assume the reasons for *not* allowing "if x<>nil then doSomething" as legal content is because it is better for users that & and < are consistently not allowed for anything than markup, but I'm not convinced about this.
(At least it seems trivial for parsers to check this situation)


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