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Title: RE: [xml-dev] a useful naming convention

The one big problem I can see with this is that if you subsequently want to restructure your schema, e.g. a simple tag needs complex structure, then you not only have to restructure but you have to rename the tags as well.  This will look nice to start with but after a couple of evolutions there will be Upper and Lower case tags all over the place.

Jon Barwell

-----Original Message-----
From: Bryan Rasmussen [mailto:bry@itnisk.com]
Sent: 02 August 2005 08:38
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] a useful naming convention

I've had some problems with xml naming conventions recently and had somewhat despaired of every encountering one that was more useful than just saying names should be human meaningful and identify the purpose of an element or attribute clearly in its context.

However reading the KML (Keyhole Markup Language) spec I came across this:

There are two basic types of KML tags: simple and complex. Complex tags are easily identified by an initial upper case letter, while simple tags use all lower case. Complex tags can function as Parent Tags to both complex and simple tags, while simple tags are children only and can contain no other tags.

not sure if this is reasonable if an element starts with an acronym or is an acronym, however.

Bryan Rasmussen

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