Case-sensitivity: why -- or why not? (was Re: Damnation!)
wtanksle at dolphin.openprojects.net
Mon May 22 21:58:05 EDT 2000
On Mon, 22 May 2000 18:56:35 -0500, Albert Wagner wrote:
>The illiterate in every language, computer or natural, English or
>German, would prefer to ignore case, just as they would prefer to ignore
>punctuation and grammer. Case sensitivity adds expressiveness to a
>language, yet with no real overhead. Case carries additional
>information for the readers of a language, information that is lost and
>obscured when case is ignored.
Wait a 'mo, though. Information is only carried when there is a choice.
In a case insensitive language I, the programmer, can use capitalization
to convey information to my reader in a way that the compiler won't
So case insensitivity provides _more_ information-carrying capacity. I've
always wanted to have covert channels in my Python code. I mean, aside
from the comments :-).
But this isn't an argument _for_ case insensitivty, just a dismissal of
your argument against. In fact, I've never seen an argument about which I
cared less. I'm completely case insensitivity insensitive.
>Small is Beautiful
-William "Billy" Tanksley
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