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   Re: conventions for case of names?

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  • From: "Nik O" <nikozu@mailcity.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 16:56:30 -0600

One hint from the W3C could be taken from XHTML 1.0 -- formerly caseless HTML element and attribute names are now required to be all lower-case.

Otoh, in most of my own recent projects, i've made explicit distinction between element and attribute names by using "proper noun" form for element types and all lower-case for attribute names. I've generally used underscores to separate "words" in the latter (20 yrs of C programming has clearly warped my mind) -- but i've also used camelBack in those situations where folks revile the "_".

For example:
    <Book isbn=".." pages=".." pubDate="2000"> -OR- <.. pub_date="2000">

Given the processing differences between elements and attributes, imho, it is definitely worth using different name styles for these two kinds of names...

 Nik O

P.S.  It's your project -- what works best for you?  Isn't this the real beauty of XML vs. HTML and other "standard" markup syntax?

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