mark.charsley at REMOVE_THIS.radioscape.com
Mon Feb 24 11:21:00 CET 2003
In article <D%r5a.212131$0v.5936105 at news1.tin.it>, aleax at aleax.it (Alex
Really, case sensitivity
> gives no substantial added-value, it's just a small but
> negative impact on programmer productivity. Pity. It
> won't go away, so it's silly to keep debating it uselessly.
> But let's not kid ourselves that it's a GOOD thing, pls.
If you ever want to program in languages other than english then imposing
case-insensitivity has major drawbacks. At least with english in ASCII,
case-insensitivity can be implemented by masking off one bit in the
In some languages, upper case is a word-sensitive operation, not a
character-sensitive: i.e. which (and, in extreme cases, how many)
character(s) to replace the lower-case character can depend on which
characters are next to the lower-case character and/or which word the
character is in (for examples, google comp.lang.c++.moderated for
discussions on why there's no standard functions for case conversion).
Which would make case-insensitive matching really rather slow.
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