Case usage in element names, attribute names & attribute values

Frank Boumphrey bckman at
Sat Apr 25 02:01:06 BST 1998

Personally I prefer all upper or all lower case. I forever seem to be
forgetting to capitalize a letter in camelback notation!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob McDougall <RMcDouga at>
To: 'xsl-list at' <xsl-list at>
Date: Friday, April 24, 1998 3:27 PM
Subject: Case usage in element names, attribute names & attribute values

>I've been looking through many of the established XML grammars, and am
>left with a question.  Why do all the grammars appear to be in
>lower-case?  Since xml has become case-sensitive, it would seem to me
>that people would adopt one of the popular conventions used in other
>case-sensitive applications like programming languages.  Why haven't I
>seen any grammars that look like this:
><TagName AttributeName="EnumeratedAttributeValue"/>
>If someone were to create a grammar that mixed upper-case and lower-case
>would they have trouble getting people to adopt it?  Is there a
>compelling reason to reject a mixed case grammar.  To my eye, mixed case
>is more attractive.  It's more like natural English.
>So, what are the opinions on each of:
>- tag names (lowercase, uppercase, mixed-case)
>- attribute names (lowercase, uppercase, mixed-case)
>- enumerated attribute values (lowercase, uppercase, mixed-case)
>And with each option, are there opinions on any punctuation? Hyphens,
>underscores, nothing?
>Thanks in advance,
> XSL-List info and archive:

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