Proposal: Case sensitivity
This proposal has been moved into this section. Its former address was: /standard/usage
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ruv Case sensitivityProposal2018-11-03 13:15:53
Citation from meeting minutes 2016
This has always been left to system implementations, but does cause significant confusion to new users.
Many new and many popular programming languages are case sensitive. It seems that the issue for new users is not case sensitivity itself, but that in this case the standard names should be spelled in upper-case.
Personally, I would be against the requirement of case insensitivity in the standard. But it seems reasonable if the standard will require the capability of finding the standard words in lower-case as well as in upper-case.
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126.96.36.199. Definition names
Programs that use lower case for standard definition names or depend on the case-sensitivity properties of a system have an environmental dependency.
Programs that use mixed-case for standard definition names or depend on the case-sensitivity properties of a system have an environmental dependency.
Perhaps it is also needed to mention that mixed-case means that some letters in a name are in upper-case and some in lower-case.
3.4.2. Finding definition names
A system shall be capable of finding the definition names defined by this standard when they are spelled with upper-case letters.
A system shall be capable of finding the definition names defined by this standard when they are spelled with either upper-case or lower-case letters.