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From "Geoff Soutter" <>
Subject Re: Case Sensitivity in URLs (was RE: BugRat Report #92 was close d(apparently by: Craig R.)
Date Tue, 12 Sep 2000 03:46:44 GMT
Hey Nick,

Turn down the flame level please. I felt I was getting toasted just reading
this message ;-)



----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Bauman" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 11:25 AM
Subject: RE: Case Sensitivity in URLs (was RE: BugRat Report #92 was close
d(apparently by: Craig R.)

> On Mon, 11 Sep 2000, Peter V. Gadjokov wrote:
> > Why do we keep referring to this as a Windows or IIS 'problem' or even
> > 'subtle lock-in'? I'm not a big fan of Windows or many MS products
> > myself but I think portraying this as an MS problem is inaccurate. The
> > whole thing is largely a consequence of case-insensitive comparison in
> > filenames and paths under Windows. Case is preserved but not used to
> > distinguish one path from another. This is a _different_ design
> Your USENIX quote is fantastic! It shows how a reality-distortion-field
> can project from an actual seemingly-innocuous paper! Case-insensitivity
> in a filesystem is a HACK. Will always be a HACK and only compounds the
> useablility problems it tries to solve. It is also a "different design
> decision" too. So it looks nice on a bulleted marketing prospectus.
> Many times in the design of generic frameworks and libraries, descisions
> have to be made to accommodate architectures that tend to "deviate from
> the norm". Upon closer examination, turns out they deviate because the are
> crappy and ill-conceived. There are many such examples through the history
> of computing. This is one of them.
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