[jdom-interest] CDATA sections?

Kevin Regan kevinr at valicert.com
Sat Jun 3 14:46:28 PDT 2000

Yup, no binary data.  For Base64, there would be no need
to wrap something in a CDATA section.


On Sat, 3 Jun 2000, Jason Hunter wrote:

> > I'm thinking in an specialized editor. All XML tags will be hidden and
> user
> > entries will be stored in CDATA sections; most of the time there will
> be
> > plain strings in those sections, but a jpeg image could be inserted in
> a
> > CDATA section too.
> XML files are text.  They don't hold binary data.  (CDATA stands for
> Character data.)  If you want to store a JPEG you have to use something
> like BASE64 encoding to make the binary data into text, and that makes
> the decision between CDATA or not pretty unimportant.  You can wrap the
> BASE64 text with CDATA, but you'll still need to walk through the data
> being sure to escape any accidental appearance of the CDATA end sequence
> characters.  No real difference.
> -jh-
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