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RE: Should one adopt the tag naming convention of anexisting X
- From: "Cox, Bruce" <Bruce.Cox@USPTO.GOV>
- To: Uche Ogbuji <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "xml-dev@l..."<xml-dev@l...>
- Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 10:57:45 -0500
WIPO Standard ST.36, vocabulary for patent documents, uses hyphen separators rather than underscore or camel case.Â Java developers have frequently complained of this, since the hyphen is apparently a reserved character in Java and their tools for automatically creating classes stumble over them when used in element names, requiring manual intervention, or other cleanup actions (so Iâm told).Â
Is the Java objection real?Â Is there any real technical reason to prefer one over the other?
Personally, I find hyphenated element names easier to read than camel case, and vastly easier to type than underscores.Â
In general, Iâm in the same camp as many others with regard to the source of element names: the business vocabulary takes precedence.Â We also try to follow ISO 11179-5, but where there is the slightest chance the results will confuse or snag the business users, we break those rules without hesitation.
Bruce B Cox
From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 2012 February 3, Friday 15:18
Subject: Re: Should one adopt the tag naming convention of an existing XML vocabulary or create one's own tag naming convention?
On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM, Andrew Welch <andrew.j.welch@g...> wrote:
> Here are two possibilities:
> 1. I will create a my own tag naming convention, independent of the XML vocabularies that I will use.
> 2. I will adopt the tag naming convention of one of the XML vocabularies that I will use. (Which one?)
> What do you recommend?
There is only one way :) names should be all lower-case, with hyphen
as a separator. Camel case, or any thing else really, are awful for
I strongly agree, but of course this one is a very subjective matter. I curse Java for its propagation of the CamelCase eyesore.
Uche Ogbuji http://uche.ogbuji.net
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