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From "R J Scheuerle Jr" <>
Subject Re: Axis CDATA Problem
Date Thu, 28 Feb 2002 21:32:31 GMT
I assume that <test><![CDATA[this <is> text]]></test> and
<test>this &lt;is&gt; text</test> should be received
off the wire in a String as "this <is> text".

The problem is that when "this <is> text" is serialized, it
is always serialized as <test>this &lt;is&gt; text</test>.

So there needs to be a way to mark this particular string
so that it should be serialized as test><![CDATA[this <is> text]]></test>

One way is to have an option in the runtime to use the CDATA encoding
style....but this is an all or nothing approach.

Another way is to support <!CDATA[...]]> sections in the String.
This would force the user to change their String from "this <is> text" to
"<![CDATA[this <is> text]]>" which seems to be a reasonable work-around to
prevent encoding.

Comments ?

Rich Scheuerle
XML & Web Services Development
512-838-5115  (IBM TL 678-5115)

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Axis appears to have a problem with CDATA sections.  When a message is
received by Axis that contains a CDATA section, it does not appear to
properly reserialize it as a CDATA section.  Rather, it is serialized as a
regular Text Node with escape characters.

In other words <test><![CDATA[this <is> text]]></test> comes out
<test>this &lt;is&gt; text</test>.

This is a significant problem if you're working with digital signatures or
your code is expecting a CDATA section.

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