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losing carriage returns in CDATA section - how do I prevent this?

I am using apache xerces J 2.5.0. I have \r\n feed combinations in the
CDATA sections that get converted to \n (or rather \r gets lost. I am
using sax parsing. I can see in the buffer that is passed that when I
have \n, one character back it has the \r, but the start offset is on
the \n. The source is an XML string, so it did not get lost while
reading the file. In any case, it seems that it should not be removing
the \r in the cdata section during my sax events. I am running this on
windows; so it seems like the bahavior is converting \r\n to \n might be
related. If this is related, this means that the code would not be
portable between unix and windows. It should give it to me as is.
Isn't this one of the purposes of the CDATA? I know that one can put
character entities in the XML and it works, but this is real ugly. We
just want to get some text from source location and put it into the XML
without having to replace \r with 
Jul 20 '05 #1
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In article <xa***************@newssvr14.news.prodigy.com>,
CarlosRivera <Ca**********@badnamefornospam.to> wrote:
I am using apache xerces J 2.5.0. I have \r\n feed combinations in the
CDATA sections that get converted to \n (or rather \r gets lost.

XML parsers convert CR-LF and CR to LF, so that you don't have to worry
about what platform you're using.

If you really want to preserve CRs, you have to use a character
reference, but think carefully before doing this: XML is a text
format, and dependence on platform-specific line-end sequences
is not usually a good idea.

-- Richard
Jul 20 '05 #2
Richard Tobin wrote:
In article <xa***************@newssvr14.news.prodigy.com>,
CarlosRivera <Ca**********@badnamefornospam.to> wrote:

I am using apache xerces J 2.5.0. I have \r\n feed combinations in the
CDATA sections that get converted to \n (or rather \r gets lost.

XML parsers convert CR-LF and CR to LF, so that you don't have to worry
about what platform you're using.

To be more specific, here is an excerpt from the XML 1.0 spec:


2.11 End-of-Line Handling

XML parsed entities are often stored in computer files which, for
editing convenience, are organized into lines. These lines are typically
separated by some combination of the characters CARRIAGE RETURN (#xD)
and LINE FEED (#xA).

To simplify the tasks of applications, the XML processor MUST behave as
if it normalized all line breaks in external parsed entities (including
the document entity) on input, before parsing, by translating both the
two-character sequence #xD #xA and any #xD that is not followed by #xA
to a single #xA character.


XML 1.1 generalizes that requirement a bit.
John Bollinger
Jul 20 '05 #3
Yes, sure, standard formatting and all that.
No problem with that.
Except that this happens with CDATA sections...
ANY character data should be able to go into CDATA sections, even binary data.

I'm working on a security application that signs and verifies XML, and have the same problem when I'm signing data that contains CRLF's.

As far as I'm concerned, any parser should leave CDATA sections as they are.
Apr 28 '06 #4

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