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Re: [CSS21] What does 'text-transform: capitalize' mean, exactly?

From: Ambrose Li <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 11:31:21 -0400
Message-ID: <af2cae770810210831r6a5f4bf5q20db5c8f67a6aa3c@mail.gmail.com>
To: "James Elmore" <James.Elmore@cox.net>
Cc: CSS <www-style@w3.org>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>

2008/10/21 James Elmore <James.Elmore@cox.net>:
> In English, 'capitalize' may mean one of several things. The most common
> usage is to make something a title, which has all sorts of complex rules
> about which words should have initial capitals and which ones should not.
> For the computer world, a second common usage is to make (what I have heard
> called 'AOL-SPEAK' ;-) ALL TEXT IN CAPS. Somewhere, further down the list is
> Initial Capitals, where ALL of the first letters are capitals

I'm pretty sure the second usage was the common usage (and I still expect it
to be the meaning unless the context indicates otherwise). "Uppercase" and
"lowercase" used to be typographic jargon, and they became common only
because of computer usage.


The 'net used to be run by smart people; now many sites are run by
idiots. So SAD... (Sites that do spam filtering on mails sent to the
abuse contact need to be cut off the net...)
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