[whatwg] Editorial: hyphenating start tag and end tag

Elliotte Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Fri Dec 1 04:00:54 PST 2006

The XML 1.0 and most related specifications use the hyphenated spellings 
"start-tag" and "end-tag". The Web Apps 1.0 spec uses the unhyphenated 
forms "start tag" and "end tag".

While I'm not sure there's a fundamental reason to prefer one form over 
the other, the copy editor in me would prefer to be consistent with the 
XML 1.0 spelling.

This hyphenated form has also been enshrined in the O'Reilly Default 
Stylesheet and Word List 
http://www.oreilly.com/oreilly/author/stylesheet.html for the same 
reasons, and is thus the preferred form in O'Reilly books.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Java I/O 2nd Edition Just Published!

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