Re: [xsl] CDATA back to its original shape

Subject: Re: [xsl] CDATA back to its original shape
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 12:40:07 GMT

    I have a problem using CDATA in my XML document.

    I know that this code used in XSL...


     ...will give me the output that I want:


No it won't!! It will produce something like


     .. but I would like to have the code with CDATA in my XML document
   instead, retrieve it from XSL and transform it to its original shape
   again producing HTML with the tags I had in XML. Can I do it?

    Thank you.

An XSL engine does not see your CDATA marked sections any more than it
sees whether you use " or ' around attribute values. All those things
are resovled by the parser before the input tree is constructed for XSL.

input of <![CDATA[ this <x>xxx</x>]]> produces _exactly_ the same
input to XSL as    this &lt;x>xxx&lt;/x&gt;  so there is no way for an
XSLT engine to distinguish them.

If you said _why_ you wanted to use CDATA marked sections someone may
suggest what approach you should take, but note that CDATA sections are
just a authoring shortcut to avoid writing lots of &lt; unline elements
or attributes they have no effect on the actual result of the parse in
the XPath tree model of an XML document.


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