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

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