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CDATA headache


Firstly apologies if I am posting this to the wrong forum. I am currently having an issue convincing my customer that our processing engine is working according to XML specifications - the issue is to do with CDATA sections.

In the input document there are various elements that contain CDATA sections. The nature of our processing pipeline is to strip off some wrapper XML structures (via XSLT) passing on the XML payload where these CDATA sections reside. Now the issue is that in the output document the CDATA content has been replaced with their equivalent characters individual escaped i.e.

<value><![CDATA[<sender>John Smith</sender>]]></value>


<value>&lt;sender&gt;John Smith&lt;/sender&gt;</value>

Now I am well aware that these are entirely equivalent from an XML standpoint - however the customer point of view is if they are equivalent why has the parser altered the way the characters are escaped? On this front it is unlikely that links to sites such as http://www.dpawson.co.uk/xsl/sect2/cdata.html#d3164e447 will be enough to convince them that our processor is behaving correctly - they need a formal specification. I have searched the XML specification (to no avail) and was wondering whether anyone could point me to the relevant place which specifies that this is expected behaviour of the parser/xslt processor.

Kind regards,


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