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Subject: Re: [ubl-lcsc] Removing use of "-" in element and type names

This was already a rule in the NDR document, why didn't anybody follow it?

[R5] XML names constructed from dictionary entry names must not include
periods, spaces, or other separators.

This does mean hyphens, right?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chin Chee-Kai" <cheekai@softml.net>
To: "UBL NDRSC" <ubl-ndrsc@lists.oasis-open.org>
Cc: "UBL LCSC" <ubl-lcsc@lists.oasis-open.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 8:58 PM
Subject: [ubl-lcsc] Removing use of "-" in element and type names

> Is it possible for NDR to rule for removing the use of hyphens
> "-" in element and type names?
> A bit of trial experience with transforming UBL schema element
> names and types to Java classes revealed that the existence
> of hyphens in element names and types introduces programming
> decisions to "deal with" the hyphens.
> As you know, hyphens are not acceptable as variable or type
> names in Java (or for that matter, C, Perl and most programming
> languages) though they are fine as XML names.  During the
> transformation, developer will need to make a decision of
> how to map the hyphens into the programming language's
> name space.  For e.g., map "-" to nothing (squeezing the
> hyphens out), map "-" to underscore "_", or mapping it to
> some other infrequently used string combinations.
> For instance, "CountrySub-Entity" may be mapped in various
> ways into:
>    CountrySubEntity
>    CountrySub_Entity
>    CountrySub_____Entity
>    ...
> There aren't too many names with hyphens, fortunately.
> However, these create exceptions that will require documentation.
> Such requirement will not be necessary if NDR could rule to
> not use hyphens.
> Thanks.
> Best Regards,
> Chin Chee-Kai
> SoftML
> Tel: +65-6820-2979
> Fax: +65-6743-7875
> Email: cheekai@SoftML.Net
> http://SoftML.Net/

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