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from case sensitivity discussions past...

From: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:36:53 -0800 (PST)
To: "CSS WWW Style (www-style@w3.org)" <www-style@w3.org>
Cc: WWW International <www-international@w3.org>
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On the topic of case sensitivity, this post by Martin Duerst contains
points that are just a relevant now as they were then:

  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2007Nov/0188.html

A small snippet that I think is most appropriate to this discussion:

  Two little remarks here:
  
  - There are not too many non-Latin scripts that have
    cases. These are usually simpler than Latin itself,
    because they don't have issues such as the Turkish/Azery
    I/i. So this is a non-ASCII, but very much Latin script,
    issue.
  
  - Case insensitivity is a user convenience mostly in cases
    where case conventions are not well established, and
    where users are often guessing identifiers, or have to
    remember them for repeated use. The examples we are
    really dealing with, such as counter names, are very
    local, and aren't used on a regular basis by plain end
    users. For such cases, the 'convenience' issue is of
    much lower importance.

Five years ago, *sigh*...

Cheers,

John Daggett
Received on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:37:20 GMT

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