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Re:lower case attributes in xhtml validator

From: Jesse McCarthy <mccarthy36@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 11:45:11 -0400
To: www-validator@w3.org
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Yes, that would seem to be the case, but I must say, that is quite derelict on 
the part of the W3.  Their own HTTP documentation states: 

Although lack of case sensitivity in methos [sic] names would be a tolerant 
approach with a limited method set, we require the            extensibility of 
HTTP to cover an arbitrary underlying object system. In such a system, method 
names may be case sensitive,       and so we must preserve case in HTTP. 

See http://www.w3.org/Protocols/HTTP/Methods.html , http://www.w3.
org/Protocols/HTTP/NoteMethodCS.html . 

So, by REQUIRING the VALUE of the method attribute of the FORM element to be 
lowercase in XHTML, they have undermined their own intent expressed in the HTTP 
documentation, as the "get" and "post" we are talking about MUST according to 
the HTTP spec be expressed in uppercase. 

If the user agent is expected to convert the value of the method attribute to 
uppercase, the W3 has made it impossible to use a method called "get" or "post" 
as the method of a FORM in an XHTML document, should they ever dream up such 
methods, which it is their stated intent to be able to do. ??? 

Brian Kavanaugh <bkavanaugh@usa.net> wrote on 10/23/01 6:39:52 AM:
>I am very much aware of that. However, I think it's abundantly clear that
>since 1) XHTML is the reformulation of HTML into an XML application and 2) XML
>is case-sensitive, since the XHTML DTD specifies legal values of "get" and
>"post" in lowercase, those are the only legal values. 
>I agree, though, that there appears to be a contradiction between the HTTP and
>XHTML specs, since HTTP requires it to be upper-case. I guess the user agent
>is expected to translate what XHTML requires into what HTTP requires as it
>submits the request, as you said below.
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