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Simon Xu
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What does #PCDATA mean? How to use it?
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
PCDATA means Parsed Character Data. It is used in DTDs to describe the type of the XML data. It simply means the specific element contains data that should be parsed by the parser and should not be ignored.
The CDATA on the otherhand tells the parser not to worry about the data. ie., telling it not to parse it.
Here is an example. Consider the XML file

For this XML, if you were to write the DTD, here's how it would look. Note the PCDATA usage -

Hope that helps!

Ajith Kallambella M.
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java2 Platform.

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
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