[Tutor] Writing to XML file with minidom

Travis Spencer travislspencer at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 21:22:03 CEST 2005

On 8/31/05, Danny Yoo <dyoo at hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Hi Travis,

Hey Danny,

> Putting pure binary bytes in an XML file has a flaw: the issue is that the
> binary bytes themselves might contain characters that could be interpreted
> as XML!  Even if we wrap the content in CDATA, there's nothing that really
> stops the bytes from containing the characters "]]>" to prematurely close
> off the CDATA tag.

Oh, sure.  I didn't think that through, and if I had, I wouldn't have
know how to work around it.

> To get around this, we can use a technique called "ascii-armor" to wrap
> protection around the troublesome binary text.
>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII_armor

Brilliant.  I won't forget the term "ascii-armor" if I ever find
myself in Johan's shoes and I've forgotten the details.

> (Hey, look, an Elf!  *grin*)


> Hope this helps!

Tremendously.  Thanks, Danny!



Travis Spencer

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