[haiku-development] Re: Checking consistency of used strings

  • From: pete.goodeve@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2009 11:22:07 -0800

On Tue, Dec 01, 2009 at 05:45:15PM +0100, Humdinger wrote:
> -- Jorge G. Mare, on Tue, 01 Dec 2009 08:13:02 -0800:
> > > No. I feel the same. I'd write "Forward without Attachments"
> > 
> > This would be very strange and incorrect use of capitalization from a 
> > grammar POV, and that's the kind of use that I think we need to 
> > avoid.
> Well, that's in the Apple HIG and in our current (inofficial) HIG.
> > IMHNSHO, this is incorrect capitalization 
> > which nobody would use on printed text, and I can't find a reason or 
> > logic why it should be used on a GUI.
> Maybe because in 3+ word menus/buttons the first and last word tend to 
> be the important ones, I dunno. See "Resize to Fit", "Save as Draft", 
> "Reply to All", "Tracker always First", "Expand new Applications", 
> "Always on Top", "Click to Activate"...

I agree with Jorge here.  A couple of the above are just nonsensical.
I agree with ones like "Always on Top", "Click to Activate", etc, but
'always' and 'new' are important words, so -- even though they're
'in the middle' -- it should certainly be: "Tracker Always First"
and "Expand New Applications".  (According to Wikipedia, capitalization
in titles was intended as emphasis.)

In fact, I'm not at all sure that Title Case is an appropriate style
at all -- its only real justification being that 'everyone else does it".
And, actually, not everyone else does.  NewScientist for example does
fine using Sentence Case in their headlines [and I'd never even noticed
it until WP pointed it out!].  (And the name of the mag itself is Camel
Case. (:-))

-- Pete --

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