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  • From: Lars Marius Garshol <larsga@step.de>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 22:01:48 +0200

(I post this here since it's XML-relevant and I know at least some of
the XPointer/XLink WG members read this list.)

I'm currently writing a toy XPointer implementation in Python (which
will quite possibly become serious later) and have to say I'm impressed
with the XPointer specification. Very clear descriptions and a nice

However, I'm rather surprised that the 19980303 WD allows pointers to
distinguish nodes of type #cdata, that is, CDATA marked sections, so 


points to the third CDATA section that's a direct child of the document

The reason I'm surprised that this is in the WD is that to support this
the XPointer implementation will have to ride on top of a parser that
reports CDATA sections as a distinct syntactic construct, instead of
classing it as text, which is the usual solution. SAX does not do this,
nor does the DOM level 1 (WD 19980416) AFAICS.

I also have problems seeing the utility of this feature.

Can anyone comment on on whether it will be an XPointers feature in
future WDs and if so why?

--Lars M.

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