RE: [xsl] CDATA in CDATA?

Subject: RE: [xsl] CDATA in CDATA?
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 17:26:39 -0000
> i have this construction in my xslt:
>  <programlisting><![CDATA[<![[CDATA[]]><xsl:apply-templates select="."
> mode="insidePre"/><![CDATA[ ]]>]]></programlisting>

This is madness. The purpose of CDATA is to indicate that the stuff inside
it is ordinary text, even though it might look like markup. You're putting
CDATA around markup but still want it treated as markup. Why on earth is the
CDATA there?

It's true of course that sometimes you need to do XSLT transformations to
turn bad XML into good XML. But it's much better not to create the bad XML
in the first place.

Michael Kay

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