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What exactly is "parsed character data"??

 
Jon Lee
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Read this term in many books, but non of them give a definition. So what exactly is "parsed character data"??

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DW Bolton
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Parsed character data (PCDATA) is character data that the parser inspects for markup and entity references, whereas a CDATA section is specifically not inspected by the parser, but is instead treated as a string.
 
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very clear and concise answer, thank you, DW!
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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