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   Why no ']]>' in CharData?

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  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@docuverse.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 06:25:15 -0800

Here is something that puzzles me.

The XML spec states that:

"In the content of elements, character data is any string
of characters which does not contain the start-delimiter
of any markup. In a CDATA section, character data is any
string of characters not including the CDATA-section-close
delimiter, ']]>'."

Second sentence seems to be saying that CDATA-section-close
is not allowed only in a CDATA section yet the production
rule for CharData is:

[14]  CharData ::=  [^<&]* - ([^<&]* ']]>' [^<&]*) 

What is the reason for special treatment of ']]>' in
character data?


Don Park    -   mailto:donpark@docuverse.com
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