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   Re: Don't Connect the Dots

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: XML Developers List <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 23:27:29 +0100

At 03:40 PM 6/16/00 -0500, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>Somewhere in my dim memory I recall an 
>argument about using periods in generic 
>identifers and why that is a bad thing 
>in XML while not forbidden.  Can someone 
>please enlighten me with an explanation or URL 
>to this notion?

It is often useful to map generic identifiers or attribute names to
variables or classnames in code. This may be done automatically by code
generators. Thus <confused> might be transformed into a class Confused. In
many languages the '.' and '-' are operators and Confused.notion would not
be allowed as a class name. I don't know if this is the original reason,
but I discovered something similar the hard way and I avoid punctuation in
names (except, or course, ':').


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