[XML-SIG] Change in reporting of CDATA sections
and at doxdesk.com
Tue May 18 17:47:40 EDT 2004
Martin v. Löwis <martin at v.loewis.de> wrote:
> One such detail is whether CDATA sections are represented
> by text nodes or CDATA section nodes. The default for this setting
> is "on" (i.e. do create CDATA section nodes).
In general, the default for the parameter 'cdata-sections' is indeed
True. However, due to a well-hidden trap in the Load/Save spec, parsing
operations default 'cdata-sections' to False:
See the definition of DOMConfiguration for a description of this
parameter. Unlike in [DOM Level 3 Core], this parameter will default
to true for LSParser.
This forces the following parameters to false: "validate-if-schema",
"entities", "datatype-normalization", "cdata-sections".
So by default both CDATA sections and entity references (which don't
currently happen in minidom anyway) should not be generated.
> I personally think that CDATA sections are a mistake. They
> shouldn't have been in XML, and people should not use them.
I kind of agree; their use-case is very marginal. Typing a few extra
< and &s is not usually much of a hardship even to hand-coders.
I would have liked to have seen XML lose all the nonsense about DTDs,
default attributes and entity references too, but it's a bit too late now!
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