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Re: css2.1 question

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 14:26:14 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Beton, Richard" <richard.beton@roke.co.uk>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0504271422410.18177@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 27 Apr 2005, Beton, Richard wrote:
> I don't know whether this is the correct list for this question, so 
> please forgive me if it isn't.
> My question concerns the CSS2.1 Candidate Recommendation 
> (http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/) and specifically Conventions 
> (http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/about.html#q4).
> Why does it say "Document language element names are in uppercase 
> letters." ?

It is merely a typographical convention, it does not affect 
implementations or authoring requirements.

> Surely for XHTML the document language element names /must/ be in
> lowercase.  Elsewhere in the document, lowercase is used for both HTML
> and XHTML (e.g. http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/intro.html#q1) 

The document language element names in that section appear in uppercase to 
me. Am I missing something? If you are referring to the "h1" in the 
stylesheet, that is not part of a document, it is part of a stylesheet, 
and hence has different typographical conventions.

> In the section on case (http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/syndata.html#q6), it 
> says "Note in particular that element names are case-insensitive in 
> HTML, but case-sensitive in XML."

This is correct.

> This suggests to me that the Conventions section is misleading and 
> should be changed, especially because XHTML and SVG use lowercase 
> element names.  Do you agree?

I believe that currently none of the examples are XHTML or SVG, thus 
sidestepping the issue.

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