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

Joe English (
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 10:33:36 PST

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Subject: Re: <META NAME="..." CONTENT="...">
Cc: Misha Wolf <>
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Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 10:33:36 PST
From: Joe English <>

Misha Wolf <> wrote:

> HTML 3.2 defines this [attribute declared value] as CDATA and says:
>    SGML entities in PCDATA content or in CDATA attributes are expanded by
>    the parser, e.g. &#233; is expanded to the ISO Latin-1 character decimal
>    233 (a lower case letter e with an acute accent). This could also have
>    been written as a named character entity, e.g. &eacute;. The & character
>    can be included in its own right using the named character entity &amp;.
> 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.  The CDATA keyword does not mean the same thing in this
context as it does in other contexts.  See

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for more details...

--Joe English