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Re: BUG #2579: initcap should not capitalize letter

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Richard Troy <rtroy(at)ScienceTools(dot)com>
Cc: Dan Franklin <dfranklin(at)fen(dot)com>, tomas(at)tuxteam(dot)de, pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: BUG #2579: initcap should not capitalize letter
Date: 2006-08-19 18:21:11
Message-ID: 200608191821.k7JILBC29579@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Richard Troy wrote:
> 
> 
> On Thu, 17 Aug 2006, Dan Franklin wrote:
> 
> > Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 15:34:41 -0400
> > From: Dan Franklin <dfranklin(at)fen(dot)com>
> > To: tomas(at)tuxteam(dot)de
> > Cc: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
> > Subject: Re: [BUGS] BUG #2579: initcap should not capitalize letter
> >
> > Good point.  It is probably not possible to get
> > it perfect.  But I think that possessives and
> > contractions occur more often in a typical body
> > of text than Irish names.  So it would be right
> > more often, even if it is still wrong some of the time.
> >
> >          Dan  Franklin
> 
> Two thoughts:
> 
> 1) In English at least, it's only at the trailing end of a word that the
> non-capitalization is clear (contractions, possessive, etc).
> 
> 2) Proper names are unknowable as to what's appropriate and I posit that
> there is no algorithm that works for names.
> 
> This leads to a conclusion: Never add capitalization inside a string of
> letters.

Interesting, but it worth breaking Oracle compatibility for it?

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