Re: <META NAME="..." CONTENT="...">

Christopher R. Maden (
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 17:59:31 GMT

From: "Christopher R. Maden" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 17:59:31 GMT
Message-Id: <199702211759.RAA16101@phaser.EBT.COM>
In-reply-to: <0157081721021997/A02656/REDMS2/11B2AC483800*@MHS> (message from Misha Wolf on Fri, 21 Feb 1997 17:08:57 +0000 (GMT))
Subject: Re: <META NAME="..." CONTENT="...">

[Misha Wolf]
> ISO 8879-1986 (SGML) appears to say that CDATA, unlike RCDATA, is
> not allowed to contain entities.  Can anyone shed light on this
> apparent anomaly, please?

Yes.  ISO 8879 is not a well-written standard.  Specifically, it uses
the term "CDATA" for two totally distinct things.

CDATA *element content* is not parsed for entity references.

CDATA *attribute value specifications* are.

See clause 11.2.3 and references for CDATA element content; clause
7.9.3 for attribute value specifications.

This is definitely an SGML FAQ.

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