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   Re: XML - NG

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  • From: "Rick Jelliffe" <ricko@allette.com.au>
  • To: "ML XMLDev" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 19:03:07 +1100

 From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>

>We have CDATA attribute content.  CDATA element content is B.A.D.
>as designed) in SGML because it terminates with the first </ -Tim

Too strong.  CDATA elements per se are not BAD. I have processed many
SGML documents with CDATA element types  and never had any problem.
They are just inappropriate for XML.

If one does not have structure-using tools (e.g.you are using sed rather
than OmniMark) then CDATA elements can sometimes cause a complication.
On the other hand, sometimes CDATA elements simplify matters: for
example, if you have a document of simple database fields, one per line:
for non CDATA elements you have to have more code, to handle possible
entity references.

The Desparate Perl Hacker (DPH) is certainly a good class of user for
XML to support. But being a DPH in a commercial company is probably a
sign of management or technical incompetence somewhere. Using the right
tools for the job is important in any trade.

Rick Jelliffe

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