[OAI-implementers] HTML in CDATA section in Dublic Core

Young,Jeff jyoung at oclc.org
Wed Aug 4 12:08:36 EDT 2004

I'm sure it's a bad idea. 

What are you trying to describe with that markup? If the markup reflects a
meaningful structure, you should consider creating an XML schema to describe
it and provide that content under a separate metadataPrefix.

Worst case, you could provide that content as XHTML under a separate
metadataPrefix (called, say, 'xhtml').


> -----Original Message-----
> From: WSimpson at wiley.co.uk [mailto:WSimpson at wiley.co.uk]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 11:32 AM
> To: oai-implementers at openarchives.org
> Subject: [OAI-implementers] HTML in CDATA section in Dublic Core
> Hi,
> I am generating Dublin Core meta-data for a customer as part of an OAI
> static repository. The customer has asked me to put HTML formatting
> elements (such as paragraph, subscript, and superscript) and HTML
> character
> entities inside elements of the Dublin Core XML representation. They are
> suggesting that I do so by wrapping the HTML in a CDATA section. While
> this
> will validate against the static repository schema, it does not seem to be
> in the spirit of Dublin Core. Is such an approach acceptable use of Dublin
> Core within an OAI record, or should only plain text be used?
> Many thanks,
> Will.
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