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Re: uppercase vs. lower case

From: Inanis Brooke <alatus@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 06:56:47 -0800
Message-ID: <000b01be64bc$e7816a00$231fb3d1@alatus>
To: "www-html" <www-html@w3.org>
|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.

On the contrary. imHo, I believe that XML was formulated to fix HTML's
greatest flaw: it can't evolve fast enough. If the application of HTML
doesn't take advantage of growths and changes made by the w3c, then the
language has outlived its usefulness, and I fear that the corporate
requirement of marketing has made that so. Professionals always have to
worry about having the page look good in older browsers.
Thus, the solution is to devise a new language that won't even be read in
older browsers, period. Progress needs to be made. The beauty of XML is that
it has the potential to allow growth and change, while still being
compatible with xml 1.0 browsers, through the ability to create new dtd's
and schemas, and the XML namespace. THAT is the flaw of HTML that XML fixes,
and arguing over the case of tags is ridiculous. It's a step backward for us
in terms of professionality.

And for whoever is counting, I use lower-case tags.

Received on Tuesday, 2 March 1999 09:54:32 UTC

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