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Re: uppercase vs. lower case

From: Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 09:45:00 -0500
Message-ID: <002b01be64bb$47c35c40$30aedccf@ix.netcom.com>
To: <www-html@w3.org>, "George Lund" <george@lundboox.demon.co.uk>
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

No it hasnt. A document with an HTML 4.0 version declaration is still a
valid document, and can be displayed on any browser that supports the HTML
4.0. standard i.e. all desktop browsers for the next few years.

An XHTML 1.0 document MUST have lower case tags,and can be displayed on all
browsers that support XHTML. These will probably be the WebTV's, and
slimclients of the future which will probably not support HTML4.0. XHTML 1.0
can be displayed on the vast majority of Desktop browsers today.

>Even those who previously tried
>hard will now feel that the industry just does not care enough

I think you are missing the point. Does the car industry not care enough
because you still can't get parts for you 1947 "Ford Flyer"? This car was
probably supported with parts for about 10 years. HTML4.0 will be supported
on desktops for a Loooooong time! However if you want your documents to be
readable on both desktops and newer clients then start using XHTML.

Frank (Speaking on my own behalf)

Frank Boumphrey

XML and style sheet info at Http://www.hypermedic.com/style/index.htm
Author: - Professional Style Sheets for HTML and XML http://www.wrox.com
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Author: Using XML on the Web (March)


----- Original Message -----
From: George Lund <george@lundboox.demon.co.uk>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, March 01, 1999 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: uppercase vs. lower case


>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
>
>
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