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(unknown charset) Re: XHTML and CASE-SENSITIVITY

From: (unknown charset) Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 23:37:20 -0500
Message-ID: <000201be60cc$1edc46e0$a9addccf@ix.netcom.com>
To: (unknown charset) <www-html@w3.org>, "Walter Ian Kaye" <walter@natural-innovations.com>
Cc: (unknown charset) <www-html-editor@w3.org>
I am speaking for myself, not for W3C or the HTML Working Group:

Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com> wrote:

><QUESTION ID=1>
>But WHY was lower case chosen over upper case?
></QUESTION>

A choice had to be made, because XML leaves you no choice.

><QUESTION ID=2>
>And why were the thousands(?) of web developers around the world never
>consulted about this, or given the chance to vote?
></QUESTION>

The inital working draft invited comments on this. On top of that some straw
pools were carried out on some mailing lists (there was some discussion on
this one). Of the replies I got about 50% were for Upper and 50% for lower.
(I happen to be one of the ones who prefer lower)

><PROBLEM>
>We're the ones who have to use it, so to not consult us about this is
>extremely rude, uncaring, and mean.
></PROBLEM>

See above

>-Walter
> who will continue to use upper-case HTML tags, XML be damned.

Uppercase will certainly work on down level browsers, whether it will work
on thin clients is another matter.

Frank

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----- Original Message -----
From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Cc: <www-html-editor@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 1999 6:51 PM
Subject: Re: XHTML and CASE-SENSITIVITY


>At 2:09p -0800 02/24/99, Daniel Austin wrote with bad line breaks:
>>Speaking for myself, not for CNET or the HTML Working Group:
>>
>> While I sympathize with those who would like HTML to use upper case
>>tags,
>>this is unlikely to change. XML is case sensitive, and therefore the case
of
>>element names
>>must be specified in one way alone. Given this, lower case was chosen.
>
><QUESTION ID=1>
>But WHY was lower case chosen over upper case?
></QUESTION>
>
><QUESTION ID=2>
>And why were the thousands(?) of web developers around the world never
>consulted about this, or given the chance to vote?
></QUESTION>
>
><PROBLEM>
>We're the ones who have to use it, so to not consult us about this is
>extremely rude, uncaring, and mean.
></PROBLEM>
>
><OBSERVATION>
>I didn't know HTML had become a dictatorship, but obviously it has.
><OBSERVATION>
>
>
>-Walter
> who will continue to use upper-case HTML tags, XML be damned.
>
>
>
Received on Thursday, 25 February 1999 09:35:56 GMT

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