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Is CDATA section allowed as a value for the element with type defined as PCDATA ?

Janelle Goldsmith
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Joined: Mar 20, 2003
Posts: 12
I defined an element as type #PCDATA
and in the XML document, I defined a CDATA section for that element's value.
I did not get any parsing error.
Does it mean that CDATA section is allowed even if the element is defined to be of type PCDATA ?
Gayathri Prasad
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Joined: Jun 25, 2003
Posts: 116
Hi,
Hi,
CDATA means the element contains character data that is not supposed to be parsed by a parser.PCDATA means that the element contains data that IS going to be parsed by a parser.So if the CDATA is being used for PCDATA that is unnecessatry overhead to the parser. By declaring some thing as CDATA we save time by making sure that Parser never parses it.else there is no hard-n-fast rule for the CDATA to fit in #PCDATA section.
Cheers,
Gaya3
 
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