[rdfweb-dev] Re: bio:olb --- text or hypertext?

Norman Walsh ndw at nwalsh.com
Tue Aug 5 17:35:04 UTC 2003

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/ Julian Bond <julian_bond at voidstar.com> was heard to say:
| Dan Brickley <danbri at w3.org> wrote:
|  >But I expect it would behave the same
|  >even if it was just a casual use of '<' in prose, ie. "I am <30 yrs
| Is the text in http://pvr.blogs.com/foaf.rdf escaped or just put in a
| CDATA block? I can't see any &lt; or &amp;

Yes, it's escaped. CDATA is just a syntactic shortcut for &lt; and &amp;.

| Regardless of whether it's right or not, we're trying to transport
| user entered text embedded in XML. Whenever we do that we face this
| issue. As developer's we get to choose whether to strip tags, but even
| that can get exceedingly hard some times, as in Dan's example.

I understand. But I think we should set user expections that elements
are either text (no markup!) or markup (use XML!) and not this odd
mixture of both where some layers see it as text and others see it as

                                        Be seeing you,

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