I want to have special characters in elements so rather than using htmlentities(), I'm using <![CDATA[ ]]>. An example would be the following:

Code:
        <DATA>
            <REPORT_DATE><![CDATA[ 11-Nov-2003 ]car & ><<><>< < ]]></REPORT_DATE>
            <IP_RECORD>
                <ADDRESS>67.31.42.63</ADDRESS>
                <HOSTNAME>dialup-67.31.42.63.Dial1.NewYork1.Level3.net</HOSTNAME>
                <OWNER>Broomfield CO 80021 United States</OWNER>
            </IP_RECORD>

            <IP_RECORD>
                <ADDRESS>152.163.253.33</ADDRESS>
                <OWNER>VA 20166 United States</OWNER>
            </IP_RECORD>
        </DATA>
Now, characters such as & > < ' " work fine. The problem is when I use the ] [ characters inside <![CDATA[ ]]>. Is it because I have to escape these bracket characters? In this case "11-Nov-2003 ]" doesn't get displayed, just what follows. It's because of the "]".

Any thoughts? Thanks.