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Re: XHTML Case Poll is online

From: Todd Fahrner <fahrner@pobox.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 16:08:57 -0800
Message-Id: <199903010008.QAA26376@mail-gw2.pacbell.net>
To: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>, www-html@w3.org
> I've just written a little poll:
>    XHTML Case Poll
>    http://www.natural-innovations.com/wa/xhtml.html
> Please take it and indicate your preference for tag case.
> Thank you!
> This is my first poll, so any comments for improving the
> wording and/or results tabulation will be appreciated. :)

This is a technical issue, so I think you should attempt to present the
technical case for both alternatives unless you feel the decision should be
made on other grounds.

It is my understanding that there is no technical case to be made for
compulsory UPPERCASE - only habit and its attendant aesthetic prejudice.
Please enlighten me if I am mistaken.

Lowercase offers superior compressibility and has been deemed by them what
know to pose fewer interoperability problems with XML's processing models.

You've made your preference for uppercase clear, somehow associating it with
hand-editing and even the Mac. For what it's worth, I edit all HTML by hand,
and all of it lower-case, always. (On a Mac, even, which I was drawn to in
1986 in part because its human factors were a HUGE C:\UT ABOVE THIS. But I
am able, I hope, to abstract my preferences from my reasons. You?

And who's to say you can't just keep on writing HTML 4, just as you can
write HTML 2.0 or 3.2? You could even write well-formed, Strict HTML 4. It
just won't validate as XHTML - nor as SVG or XSL, but isn't that beside the

Todd Fahrner

Standardization, instead of individualization.
Cheap books, instead of private-press editions.
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    - Jan Tschichold, 1930
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