[development] Changes to capitalization

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Thu Sep 14 02:45:56 UTC 2006

On Wednesday 13 September 2006 08:58, Syscrusher wrote:

> But, that being said, I think at the core level we need to make a choice of
> something extremely consistent and stay with it. I don't mind updating my
> contrib modules for new API changes, but *please* don't make me also have
> to edit my string constants every couple of releases just to change
> capitalization.
> With that in mind, my preference would be to leave Drupal core as it is
> now, all lower case, and encourage themes to use "text-transform:
> capitalize" or the "first-letter" pseudo-element as described above.
> All lower case is very easy for a programmer to remember -- not that we're
> too stupid to think of other things (re: the comment about
> security/scalability/etc.), but simply that we don't need one more thing to
> worry about when there is little value-add in doing so. When I'm writing a
> contrib module, let me think about the functionality of the code and
> nothing else.

I am going to "me too" sticking with the current all-lowercase standard.

- It's easier to remember than "wait, do we capitalize first word, all words 
or just important words?"  One less thing for me to have to keep track of.

- It's one less thing to break, especially during a freeze but at any time.  

- It doesn't buy us anything.  Going through conversion pain for a clear 
benefit is one thing, but I don't see how this gets us anything.  You can 
still get the capitalization you want now via CSS or, if you have a weird 
case where that wouldn't work, you can selectively translate strings.

- It's putting style into the code.  Style belongs in CSS, right? :-)

If there's currently a confusion in core where some things are mixed case and 
some are all-lowercase, then yes, that's a bug.  The fix for that bug is to 
correct the mixed-case labels to lowercase.

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