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Re: Ignore patterns should not be case sensitive (usability)

From: Jared Hardy <jaredhardy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 14:15:16 -0700

On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 1:47 PM, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> I think I'm being realistic. Ignoring the case in filenames is about
> the same as ignoring the colors of a traffic light.

I hate to quibble over such small things, but I must disagree with
this statement. Different character cases in strings are much more
like the difference between red and magenta (if you want to use the
color analogy). In different contexts, those two colors can appear to
be exactly the same. It's only when you stack them directly on top of
each other, in the same (flat) lighting conditions, that the
differences become more apparent.
    Traffic lights were intentionally designed with the greatest
possible contrast. Even then, to accomadate the color-blind members of
human society, they had to standardize the regular spatial separation
and relative positions (spaced, vertical), to be perceived properly in
general. Text case does not represent the same contrast -- it is
highly contextual. It's the same reason some pre-Internet grandparents
seem to have a tendency to keep the caps-lock on, and SHOUT at
everyone, in forums or e-mail. They don't see the difference, at all.
In their darkly lit room, they think their magenta slippers are red.

;) Jared

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