Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Dec 2009 23:17 UTC
Features, Office A few weeks ago, we talked about how the rise of computing, a field wherein English is the primary language, is affecting smaller languages, and more specifically, the Dutch language (because that's my native tongue). Of course, it's not just the smaller languages that are affected - English, too, experiences the pressure.
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Comment by memson
by memson on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 15:48 UTC
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Camel case quickly took off from the 1950s onwards, mostly because of the rise of computing.

I think you need to rethink that. Most mainframes of that generation used paper tape or punched cards for input. When VDU's came in to the picture, most computers used all caps letters. It was much later (some time in the 60's I guess) that non caps came about. So, the influence from the use of computers was pretty minimal. As a programming concept, it didn't really catch on till the 70's. Indeed, most programmers used upper case and underscores or dashes LIKE_THIS or LIKE-THIS even in the 70's and early 80's.

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RE: Comment by memson
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 16:04 in reply to "Comment by memson"
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Yes, I worded that wrong. What I meant to say was not "because", but something else.

"Camel case quickly took off from the 1950s onwards, [later on] mostly because of the rise of computing."

Or something like that. Degree in English or no, I still mess up ;) .

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RE[2]: Comment by memson
by sbergman27 on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 16:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by memson"
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I dunno. I was born in 1963. And I never even got to touch a computer until I was 16. And that was far earlier than most people of the time. Computers were very much "glass room" items, and most people's interaction with computers was limited to those puch card electric bills we got that told us not to spindle, fold, or mutilate.

It was not until the mid to late 80s, at the earliest, that many people really interacted with computers. And even then, not in a way that would expose them to camel case.

It seems to me that even today it would be a stretch to associate the use of camel case in marketing, etc. with its coincidental use in computing. And claiming it was having an effect back in the 50's seems *way* beyond the pale.

I almost hate to say this. But this is one time that I really do have to ask myself, "What is this doing on OSnews?".

Edit: Which is not to say that it has not sparked some interesting conversion. I knew that the concept of "zero" was a relative late-comer. But I'd never even thought about the "Space" character as being an innovation.

Edited 2009-12-03 16:26 UTC

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