Property Names and Value Identifiers

Hakon Lie (
Wed, 25 Oct 1995 08:40:28 +0100

Glenn Adams writes:

> I've notice a lot of inconsistency in the conventions used for property
> and property value identifiers names in the CSS 4.0 draft.
> For example, we have the following conventions used for compound identifiers:
> 1. xy, e.g., linebefore
> 2. x-y, e.g., font-family
> 3. x.y, e.g., insert.before

2 is the convention and is used throughout the document. 3 is a
slip. 1 is value, not a property. Still, the same conventions should
probably apply. Would you also want these changes?:

a) shadowbox -> shadow-box
b) lowerroman -> lower-roman
c) box3d -> box-3-d
d) alt-firstline -> alt-first-line
e) inline -> in-line
f) uppercase -> upper-case
g) lowercase -> lower-case

I think a-b should change. c-e I'm more uncertain about. f-g should
remain unchanged as webster defines them as single words.

Guidance is appreciated,


Hakon W Lie, W3C/INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France