[development] Changes to capitalization

Gary Feldman dpal_gaf_devel at marsdome.com
Wed Sep 13 22:23:00 UTC 2006

Boris Mann wrote:
> On 9/13/06, Laura Scott <laura at pingv.com> wrote:
>> On Sep 13, 2006, at 7:44 AM, Khalid B wrote:
>> > Can we also get feedback from the usability folks on this (Laura?
>> > Trae?
>> > others?)
> This is not a usability issue. It's *almost* personal preference :P
I disagree.

There's certainly a fair amount of evidence that mixed-case is, in 
general, easier to read than all upper case, and to a lesser extent, all 
lower case.  While it would be a mistake to assume that data is 
conclusive for this particular situation (since reading menus or titles 
isn't the same as reading paragraphs of text), it's also a mistake to 
say that there are no usability implications.

Also, user satisfaction is considered by many to be a usability 
attribute, or at least something that must concern the people who worry 
about creating usable interfaces.  As you say, this involves personal 
preference, which is surely a user satisfaction issue.  In other words, 
Drupal should support all variations, and hence the default should be 
chosen to make such support as simple and as straightforward as 
possible.  To me, that suggests the default (which one way or another is 
set manually) should be the one that's most difficult to automate, i.e. 
some popular standard for capitalization of titles.


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