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Re: uppercase vs. lower case

From: George Lund <george@lundboox.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 22:20:12 +0000
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To: www-html@w3.org
Johannes Ewalt Koch <koch@physik.TU-Berlin.DE> wrote...
>did you recognize that tags in the XML applications MathML [1] and SVG [2]
>are lowercase?

By and large, HTML has evolved so that it is backwards/forwards-
compatible. So, with minor modifications and perhaps the removal of
certain deprecated or obsolete elements, an HTML 2 document can conform
to HTML 4.

With 'XHTML' (so-called), huge numbers of valid HTML 4 documents are no
longer valid, even though 'XHTML' is supposed to be the same as HTML 4.
IMO a big mistake was made when XML was formulated, but it is clear that
it is now too late to change. But for many, many years authors will
continue to produce upper and mixed-case tagged documents, and the
efforts the W3C has made to persuade more authors to create standards-
compliant documents have been wasted. Even those who previously tried
hard will now feel that the industry just does not care enough.

George Lund
Received on Tuesday, 2 March 1999 07:14:50 UTC

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