AP Review Compares Camino and Safari

Friday April 18th, 2003

Several online newspaper sites, including The Detroit News's, are carrying an Associated Press review of Camino and Safari. The article states that both browsers "leave Internet Explorer in the dust" and "are very quick and accurately draw even complex Web pages."

#5 Case-sensitivity in URIs

by mpthomas

Sunday April 20th, 2003 9:28 PM

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It's not because of incapabilities of the OS. It's because the Windows filesystem is designed (more) to be used by humans, and humans treat names as case-insensitive. The Mac fileystem is also case-insensitive, for the same reason. (Indeed, Apple went to some lengths to make programs like Apache behave properly in a case-insensitive environment, rather than taking the easy way out and making their filesystem case-sensitive.)

It's mainly primitive Unix filesystems which expose their ASCII/ISO/Unicode implementation by insisting on case-sensitivity. Fortunately, they are in the minority for desktop use. Unfortunately, their design flaws leak from servers to desktops in things like URIs, causing errors like the one discussed here.

Jakob Nielsen <> : "What stupidity. *We don't need any more case-sensitive computers.*"

Jamie Zawinski <…tml?thread=345483#t345483> : "If you have two distinct files which differ only in case, you're a pinhead and deserve to lose."

-- mpt