conclusion: either < ! [CDATA[ or are enough to make publishing break
@3:31pm, start cdata tag broke things too.
@3:21pm what about < ! [CDATA[
@3:19pm yes, look like it
Is enough to break things (without the spaces)?
< ! [ⅭDATA[
@9:37am, wrapped the whole lot in CDATA
@9:54am, no change on front end: looks like CDATA breaks it. Changed to ⅭDATA, where the Ⅽ is not latin capital C, but rather unicode "Ⅽ
ROMAN NUMERAL ONE HUNDRED
Unicode: U+216D, UTF-8: E2 85 AD")
@10:19am: nothing on the site: put spaces between the < and ! and [
@1:50pm: still nothing. Put spaces at the end too ]space]space>
@8:50am: what about messed up html
<script> with no end tag, and invalid table
@9:34pm, the comment below shows up on the front end, so looks like cdata breaks stuff.
What about <script>alert('hello world')</script>
@9:33PM I removed the < and > from round the CDATA because the front end was still not displaying it, suggesting perhaps a problem somewhere between the database and GT....
![CDATA[lets try some cdata, added at 9:11pm, after the <b> tag appeared on the front end]]
<b>innocuous html added at 9:02pm after observing that the headline had been updated</b>
Clean description entered 8:54pm, 2015-07-09;