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Re: [xml-dev] Why isn't the semicolon a reserved character?

On Sun, 2014-03-16 at 01:08 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> A better question is "Why is ]]> reserved?"  Ken Holman's answer is that
> doing so allows CDATA sections to contain CDATA section openers, but I
> doubt if this is very useful.  The real answer is "Because that's the way
> SGML did it." 

I suspect it's because SGML had other kinds of marked section - you
could have a conditional section,
<![%IfNoShoes;[ I am happy today! ]]>
and these could nest.

But the SGML CDATA handling always seemed a little odd to me.

>  In order to keep MicroXML a subset of XML, the former
> requires all > characters to be escaped just in case.

Last time I checked MicroXML did not have attribute value normalization
and was therefore not a strict subset of XML. But maybe that's excessive
pedantry on my part.


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