[XML-SIG] Thought it was a bug, maybe XML is weirder than I thought
Sun, 1 Oct 2000 13:52:42 -0700
Context: I'm using PyXML-0.5.5.1, and interestingly, I never compiled
any of the C code; I just use the .py and it seems to work fine.
So I'm storing some arbitrary textual data under an arbitrarily-named
element node. My test code created the xml and dumped it to a file,
where it looked like this:
This document is read and updated, and I noticed that each time I
added a new username (i.e., read the xml source, inserted a new username
node via DOM, and wrote back to the file), the previous ones changed from
CDATA to TEXT. This seemed like a bug to me. I thought I would see what
would happen if I added a username of "<markup test>". The first time,
it appeared in the file as
as expected, then after one more addition, it was now
. But now I see that, if I read that document, the username has not
one TEXT child, but three ('<', 'markup test', and '>').
Does all this seem right to people? That last implies, of course, that
in order to get what I expect to be the text value of a node, I actually
have to get all of the text children and concatenate their values. Which
would seem to be a problem if (I haven't tried this) I originally stored
two separate text children of the username node, because this would cause
them to be merged into one.