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RE: IDs - make them case sensitive

From: Murray Altheim <altheim@mehitabel.Eng.Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 1997 13:10:43 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199707012010.NAA22008@mehitabel.eng.sun.com>
To: tgraham@mulberrytech.com, w3c-sgml-wg-request@w3.org, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
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> See sections 9.2.1 and 9.3 of 8879 (pages 344-346 of the SGML
> Handbook) and section 13.4.5 (page 464 of the Handbook).
> 
> Section 9.2.1 defines what can be a name start character, which is
> upper and lowercase letters and the uppercase and lowercase name start
> characters.  Section 13.4.5 states that a Digit cannot be an uppercase
> or lowercase name start character.

Tony,

This was my take from the Handbook as well, but I'm assuming when someone
like Eliot replies, that there must be *some* way around it; I just couldn't
find one. Eduardo and I talked about this, and it seems pretty hard-wired
into 8879, even if a lot of people don't like it. The idea of not being
able to have what is essentially a numeric type (ID) not be able to contain
a completely numeric value seems somewhat strange. Like my Sun ID# is all
numbers, my SSN# is all numbers and dashes, etc.

Murray

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