Hyphens vs underscores in element names

Langer, Paul Paul.Langer at softwareag.com
Thu Jan 27 08:21:40 GMT 2000

KenB wrote:

> [snip]
> The most compelling reason to go with undercore is the C/C++and other
> languages issue.  Its not just a matter of compilers.  There are a lot
> of new tools on the horizon that are/will be dealing with XML schemas
> and programming code. These tools will need to share symbol tables between
> the programming language and the element/attribute names.  This is a lot
> if you don't have to change element tags programmatically to something
that the
> language compilers will like.
> [snip]

There is almost no benefit for these tools if the character HYPHEN-MINUS
is not used. XML allows thousands of name characters. Current C/C++
allow only a very tiny fraction of these characters.

All the best,

Paul Langer               E-mail   Paul.Langer at softwareag.com
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