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RE: [xml-dev] Naming conventions for a sampling of W3C and ISO XML vocabularies

All very good but how shall we choose?


The virtue of XML is that with minimal coding skills and a handful of GUI, you can create tools that do useful work for you.


The challenge is doing it for others.




-----Original Message-----
From: Robin Cover [mailto:robin@oasis-open.org]
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 1:09 PM
To: Costello, Roger L.; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Cc: Robin Cover
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Naming conventions for a sampling of W3C and ISO XML vocabularies


Roger, the following resources might be of interest.  Both are

(way) out of date, but provide reasonable samples for the

specified coverage.


1. Naming and Design Rules


Naming and Design Rules (NDR) Specifications

- ACORD Naming and Design Rules (NDR)

- Danish XML Project: OIOXML Naming and Design Rules

- EPA Exchange Network XML Design Rules and Conventions

- Federal XML Naming and Design Rules Project

- Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) Naming and Design Rules

- Hong Kong OGCIO Interoperability Framework for E-Government

- IRS XML Naming and Design Rules

- OAGIS Naming and Design Rules (NDR)

- OASIS LegalXML Exchange Document Methodology, Naming, and Design Rules (MNDR) Subcommittee

- Universal Business Language (UBL) Naming and Design Rules

- UN/CEFACT XML Naming and Design Rules Technical Specification

- US Department of the Navy XML Naming and Design Rules

- US National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) NDR


2. Use of Camel Case for Naming XML and XML-Related Components



- Robin


On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM, Costello, Roger L. <costello@mitre.org> wrote:

Hi Folks,

I am sampling some standard XML vocabularies to see what naming convention they use. Below is what I've compiled thus far. What naming convention do you use?

1. XML Schema: all elements and attributes are camel case. Examples: maxOccurs, elementFormDefault, substitutionGroup.

2. XSLT: all elements and attributes are lower-case, dash-separated. Examples: apply-templates, exclude-result-prefixes, analyze-string.

3. Schematron: most elements and attributes are a single, lower-case word (e.g., assert, rule, pattern). There is an element and an attribute with multiple words (value-of, is-a). There are two elements that use camel case (queryBinding and defaultPhase).

Notice that Schematron isn't consistent in its naming convention. Is that a bad thing? Is it a good thing to have a consistent naming convention?

Why does XML Schema and XSLT have different naming conventions? They are both W3C technologies. Does the W3C not have a policy on naming markup?



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