[pmwiki-users] Polish vs polis (was: A Wiktionary with PmWiki?)
chr at home.se
chr at home.se
Thu Nov 10 12:29:36 CST 2005
On Wed, 9 Nov 2005, Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
> (and it goes against what others have been asking, which is
> that page names become case *in*sensitive).
Just to chime in from the other end, I do want page names case sensitive
in some case. By some weird coincide a co-worker actually told me today
about a word in English where the meaning changes with the case of the
first letter. Here are two example sentences
* To 'polish' a car.
* A Polish car.
So maybe someone out there would really like to refer to the page
[[polish]] in the first form, as well as to [[Polish]] in the second form.
I also think the URI .../Polish and .../polish should be different here.
Here is another example that works in Swedish
* [[Sara]] is a page about someone name Sara
* [[SARA]] is a page about 'Ställning, Anding, Riktning och Avfyrning',
which happens to be an acronym or mnemonic which is used in e.g. riflery
(For those wondering, it's: position, breathing, aiming, firing
> Let me see if I can frame the issue succinctly -- suppose
> we have markups like the following:
> [[Contact Patrick]] for more details on PmWiki.
> Interested parties should [[contact Patrick]] for more details.
> It's pretty clear that the links in both brackets should link to
> the same place, so *something* has to be case-folded somewhere to get
> that to happen. Doing that case-folding smartly, consistently, and
> efficiently is the issue.
Yes, and in all honesty, being able to automatically differentiate between
[[Polish]] cars are ...
[[Polish]] can be used on your car to ...
> Out of curiosity, would it bother anyone if pagenames in urls were
> always lowercase, i.e., if the above always appeared as
> "contact_patrick" in a url? (It would of course display with
> appropriate capitalization in page titles and the like.)
I wouldn't like this. I'd definitely prefer case sensitive URIs for the
wikis I'm working with.
Anyway, the thing about [[polish]] vs [[Polish]] makes me wonder if this
is something we need to handle differently. Maybe the system could work as
follows (inspired by google): When you click on [[polish]], but [[Polish]]
also exist, you can get the text "Did you mean: [[Polish]]".
Or maybe we could have an action/link for listing pages with a similar
name (including minor mispellings)
Christian Ridderström, +46-8-768 39 44 http://www.md.kth.se/~chr
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