RE: [xsl] CDATA Handling

Subject: RE: [xsl] CDATA Handling
From: "Michael Kay" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 18:08:25 -0000
> I'll probably regret this suggestion. No one has mentioned an 
> alternative possibility (still bad architecturally, just not 
> quite as bad as using CDATA delimiters): use non-XML "markup" 
> (text) to delimit the images.
> <x>See following image: TARTIMAGE##abcde##ENDIMAGE##</x>

Why use non-XML markup? Processing instructions do the same job better.

I always feel a bit nervous about using processing instructions when I want
to add some markup without changing the DTD. But it's a practical technique
that works (much better than CDATA sections). I don't feel too bad about it
if the PI really is being used as an "instruction" (to a stylesheet) to do
some "processing". And there are cases where (for better or for worse)
getting the DTD changed really isn't an option.

Michael Kay

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