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Ampersands. HTMLencode, or CDATA?

a choice with nuances

7:08 pm on Jun 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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CDATA in attributes is forbidden.
Ampersands in attributes are forbidden.
Ampersands anywhere except CDATA are forbidden.
So if I have data that potentially contains an ampersand, I have two options:


<book title="Withnail &amp; I"/>
<book title="Griffin &amp; Sabine"/>
<book title="Love &amp; Marriage"/>

or this

<book><title><![CDATA[Withnail & I]]></title></book>
<book><title><![CDATA[Griffin & Sabine]]></title></book>
<book><title><![CDATA[Love & Marriage]]></title></book>

which would you choose?
and why?

10:31 am on June 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I use the first method which works for me without any problems.


5:11 pm on June 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I ditto Marshall.