Re: [xsl] CDATA Handling

Subject: Re: [xsl] CDATA Handling
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 12:55:56 GMT
> <x>See following image: <![CDATA[abcde]]></x>

But that is spectacularly fragile markup, if the input is like that
although it looks superficially like XML it would be best not to use any
XML tools to process it, as if you pass that through an XML parser it is
going to look like <x>See following image: abcde</x>.

(Actually an XML parser, typically DOM ones, may report the presence of
CDATA sections, just as it may report other things, such as line
numbers, but that's principally for editor support, not part of the XML
infoset that an XML application can rely on extracting from an XML

Returning to XSLT, while your original question used an entire element
content as a CDATA section, and several replies pointed out ways of
getting a more or less equivalent output using CDATA sections, the form
shown here where a CDATA section is being abused to mark up a text
range, is impossible to handle in XSLT (or other XML tools) as the CDATA
section markup is not reported.


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