Case-sensitivity: why -- or why not? (was Re: Damnation!)

Martijn Faassen m.faassen at
Tue May 23 11:59:54 CEST 2000

William Tanksley <wtanksle at> wrote:
> 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
> notice.

> 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 :-).

Hm, but this covert channel would be exposed to Python! We can start using
it to build automated tests and parsers, like docstrings! After all,
Py3k's introspection facilities would allow us to examine the case of
a particular method. :)


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