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Re: [xml-dev] PCDATA element type and CDATA attribute type

On 06/02/2012 15:31, Jesper Tverskov wrote:
> The only real difference I can think of is that the CDATA attribute
> type ends up partly whitespace normalized, linefeeds becoming just
> spaces. But this is more a question of being an attribute and an
> element than of having two types.

Well there's the rub, similarly < is parsed differently in the two 
cases; starting an element tag in one case and not the other. So the 
parsing is actually quite different, it only appears to be the same if 
you ignore the obvious differences...

But the real reason for the silly names is that they were called that in 
SGML (which had more possibilities and variants so the names made more 
sense there) so the names were a given since XML being an SGML subset 
was a hard(ish) requirement.



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