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Re: IDs - make them case sensitive

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 1997 08:59:15 -0700
Message-Id: <3.0.32.19970627085734.0079b930@pop.intergate.bc.ca>
To: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 02:57 PM 27/06/97 +0200, Bert Bos wrote:
>A proposal:
>* Make the values of ID attributes case-sensitive

I'd go further; the value of an ID attribute shouldn't have to be
a Name in the XML sense.  Among other things, a URL is an obvious
candidate.  Also Bert's points about casefolding are well-taken.
(Although remember, the NAME attribute of A is *not* an ID anyhow).

The important thing about an ID is that it be unique, right?

Why, historically, was the value of an ID restricted to Name?

 - Tim
Received on Friday, 27 June 1997 12:01:18 EDT

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