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January 23, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Sign with website url

313937275_cdb146d4d9David Barnes submits a picture taken in the UK:

I spotted this sign on a primary school display board with the website address UNCONDITIONALCOMPASSION.COM in all upper case, which is not broken in itself.

What is broken however, is that on the same sign, there is text underneath the url in all upper case that states "all in lower case."

Whoever printed the sign should have checked to see if web site addresses were case sensitive, (and they would have found out they weren't) before they printed the sign. It is broken to make people think that website addresses are case sensitive.


regardless of the case sensitivity of the web page the person who typed this is broken... they had to press the CAPS LOCK KEY TO MAKE IT TYPE IN UPPER CASE, they could have just NOT done that and skipped the extra instructions...

Posted by: VHoratio at January 23, 2007 01:51 AM

Actually, URLs *are* case sensitive - but neither the protocol part nor the domain name parts of the URL are. In this case, yes, the full address that's been printed is fine in any case - but if you had a path on the end of that, it wouldn't be.

As an example, this address is . If you try instead, it won't work. :)

Posted by: Ciaran at January 23, 2007 05:57 AM

Case sensitivity in general seems to cause a lot more trouble than it's worth.

Posted by: Zephyr at January 23, 2007 11:53 AM

Maybe this label was printed with a small hand-held label printer that can only print upper-case letters (or its user didn't know how to switch to lower-case)?

(Still, the 2nd line shouldn't be there, of course.)

Posted by: Cimddwc at January 24, 2007 03:33 AM

To clarify Ciaran's comment slightly:

*Neither the protocol part ("http://") nor the domain name part ("") is ever case sensivite in a URL.

*The part to the right of the first slash MAY be case sensitive depending on what kind of server is being used. Windows is not case sensitive, so if the server runs Windows, in most cases the URL won't be case sensitive. Linux/Solaris/etc. ARE case sensitive, however, so if the server is running one of those OSes, case matters.

Regardless, the advice given in the photo was idiotic.

Posted by: themicah at February 1, 2007 09:59 AM

Just a possible funny scenario: perhaps one person gave another person instructions such as:

The sign should be [url] (in all lower case).

and the person printing was too literal?

Posted by: stephonline at February 8, 2007 01:02 PM

I think steph is absolutely right. That's the kind of thing that works cited instructions say, i've just never seen it interpreted like that!

Posted by: Daniel Bathgate at February 13, 2007 12:59 AM

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