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From Robert Koberg <>
Subject lowercase XML languages
Date Wed, 13 Mar 2002 14:38:53 GMT
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: lowercase XML languages
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 06:22:24 -0800
From: "Robert Hess" <>
To: "Robert Koberg" <>

That's a good one... The person who told you that was either pulling
your leg, or just trying to make up an explanation. In fact, just the
opposite would be true, if anything. Since the upper case letters appear
first in ASCII order, you "could" save a little bit of space by trimming
off the 7th bit, but unfortunately, not cleanly. Trying to do anything
to further compress 7bit ASCII down would essentially result in a "new"
character table, which would not be a good thing.


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Koberg [] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 5:54 AM
To: Steven Pemberton
Cc: Christian Smith;
Subject: Re: lowercase XML languages


I just heard a good explantion. The person said the decision was made to

go with lowercase because it compresses more. He said that the savings 
was about 20% over uppercase. Was this the reason?


Steven Pemberton wrote:

>>>>I dream that there were major battles in the XHTML group as they 
>>>>hashed out whether to use lower or upper case tags. Lives were lost, 
>>>>villages destroyed, reputations ruined, etc. Ok, it probably wasn't 
>>>>that bad and I wasn't there so I wouldn't know.
>>Actually, I was aÖ_nexpecting a major battle when this issue came up 
>>in the group. In fact we were able to make the decision without even 
>>raising our voices.
>>Steven Pemberton
>>Chair, W3C HTML Working Group

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