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RE: XHTML/XML comment

From: Christopher Luebcke <CLuebcke@Heur.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 09:40:20 -0800
Message-ID: <1D9BD1A66CA7D311B0F6009027B6C15301F313@MAIL>
To: "'Frank Boumphrey'" <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Cc: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>
> From: Frank Boumphrey [mailto:bckman@ix.netcom.com]
> > I'm sure I'm just lacking background on this, but could
> > somebody summarize what the reason behind this minor 
> > hindrance is? Thanks
> 
> XML unlike SGML is case sensitive. XML parsers will throw an 
> error if the
> case is wrong. The working group had to decide for one way or 
> the other, the
> four type considered were UPPERCASE, camelBack, FirstCaps, 
> and lowercase.
> 
> For better or worse we voted on lowercase. This was made 
> clear in the early
> public drafts about a year ago! It's too late to change it now!!
> Frank

Doubtless it's too late to change it now. However, my question is why XML
(and thus XHTML) was created as case-sensitive in the first place
(especially if neither SGML or HTML share this characteristic). I am
grateful, though, that you settled on lowercase when you had to pick.
Chris
Received on Monday, 31 January 2000 12:36:43 GMT

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