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Why do we need case-sensitive URLs?

Is there a possibility to make both of those internet addresses work:
  1. http://foswiki.org/Community/HowYouCanHelp
  2. http://foswiki.org/community/howyoucanhelp
I would like this a lot.

I created a Task for that issue also: Tasks.Item792
The case-sensitivity of URLs goes all the way back to the definition of wikiwords, which are used to name topics. For example, I can have two different topics, TheRhythmOfTheTides and TheRhythmoftheTides. These are both valid topic names, referring to different topics. If URLs were not case sensitive, it would be impossible to distinguish these.

On the flip side, using case is a very real problem when using character sets that do not have this neat division between UPPER and lower case.

-- CrawfordCurrie - 22 Jan 2009

sven has a task in progress to accomplish this, but i can't find the Item#

-- WillNorris - 22 Jan 2009

Our TW*k* does ignores case in topic names typed either in the URL or in the Jump Box. I could swear we enabled an option or installed a plug-in to permit this, but now I can find neither. Our server runs on MacOS X Server. The OS itself is case insensitive. But I would expect Apache to pay attention to case anyway. I don't see any options in Server Admin that would affect case sensitivity. There is, however, an Apache module running called hfs_apple_module. Could that be why it works? I don't know how it works, but I'm sure glad it does.

-- DavidWolfe - 22 Jan 2009

yes, it mostly kind of works this way IF your server is windows (as it basically case insensitive) or on OS, if you use the default, braindead case insensitive filesystem smile

I don't have a task, there's a FeatureRequest - TopicCaseSensitivity and a possible apache hack for it - ShorterCaseInsensitiveURLs.

-- SvenDowideit - 22 Jan 2009

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