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- From: Ronald Bourret <email@example.com>
- To: "'XML Developers' List'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 18:31:04 +0100
Bill la Forge wrote:
> From: Gavin Thomas Nicol <email@example.com>
> >CDATA sections *are* different from normal text, even if only
> >because the author used them.
> Again, is anyone aware of why CDATA is preserved by the DOM?
> What was the reasoning behind this decision? Other things, like
> whitespace within an element tag or even attribute order, are not
> Why then was CDATA?
I can't say why the DOM included CDATA, but I'll hazard a guess and agree
with Gavin. If I'm using a CDATA section, it means that I really, really,
really don't want what's in the section to be parsed and it would be a
royal pain for me if it was. (Think about writing an HTML tutorial.)
The obvious place where preservation of CDATA is important, then, is when
I'm co-authoring a document with a friend who uses a DOM-based editor while
I prefer a text editor. If every time my friend edits the document all the
CDATA sections get wiped out, neither our friendship nor our co-authorship
are going to last very long.
This is quite different from whitespace in element tags and attribute
order, which are more aesthetic concerns than practical ones. I might be a
bit annoyed if my friends editor rearranges these, but I am unlikely to go
looking for new partners because of it.
-- Ron Bourret
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