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USE OF CAPSLOCK KEY

by cardsbb9 / August 16, 2006 1:35 PM PDT

PEOPLE SO EASILY FORGET, I GUESS, THAT IBM MAINFRAMES ARE STILL IN USE. YES, THEY REALLY ARE.

IN THE IBM MAINFRAME WORLD YOU ENTER EVERYTHING IN CAPS. PROGRAMS ARE WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS. DATA IS ENTERED IN ALL CAPS. SOMETIMES IF LOWER-CASE DATA IS ENTERED IT WILL CAUSE AN ABEND.

THE CAPS-LOCK KEY IS VERY NEEDED SO THAT PEOPLE WHO USE THEIR PC TO ACCESS MAINFRAME COMPUTERS DON'T HAVE TO TYPE WITH THEIR LITTLE FINGERS HELD DOWN ALL THE TIME.

MY HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET.

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Another one
by rtemp / August 16, 2006 2:17 PM PDT
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Serial numbers for software. It may not always be necessary, but I have seen some software in the past require capitals for the code to clear properly. I don't know about anybody else, but I don't like typing in 25-digit alphanumeric keys once, let alone twice just because I got the case on the letters wrong.

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i agree
by Jonathan.C / August 16, 2006 2:25 PM PDT
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caps lock wasnt meant to be anything big anyway until the intertube came. ive seen people type in caps and hve the other person wonder "why is he/she mad at me?" when the other person isnt.

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It is a culture thing
by cardsbb9 / August 16, 2006 9:34 PM PDT
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When I run across people who type in all caps the first thing I ask is 'are you a mainframe programmer or mainframe user?' not 'are you mad at something?'.

I think the culture of the old unix world was to always use lower case while the culture of the mainframe world was to always use upper case. When those two cultures clashed you have people questioning the motives of other people.

As I started out as a mainframe programmer, it made accepting the client-server world just that more difficult to have them questioning my motives when I was just in the habit of typing in all upper case to facilitate acceptance of my input.

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(NT) (NT) I use CAPS LOCK instead of shift. Am I alone?
by udayan71 / August 16, 2006 9:31 PM PDT
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RE: (NT) I use CAPS LOCK instead of shift. Am I alone?
by SlyFerret / August 17, 2006 12:08 AM PDT

I was watching my wife type one day about a month ago, and noticed the caps lock key flashing on and off as she typed. I couldn't believe it! She was using the caps lock key each time she wanted a capital letter!

-SF

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(NT) (NT) it's just one below the shift, why so suprising?
by udayan71 / August 17, 2006 12:40 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) I use the shift key with 'Sticky Keys' enabled.
by NewOrderrr / August 17, 2006 3:17 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) OUR OFFICE DRAFTING STANDARDS ARE ALL CAPS
by csliva11 / August 16, 2006 11:45 PM PDT
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Beyond Mainframes
by hurleyit / August 17, 2006 12:12 AM PDT
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There are a number of coding conventions which prefer the use of all-caps. For instance, in many programming languages, it's often standard practice to capitalize constant variables.

In addition, in genealogy, it's often customary to capitalize last names because they stand out better that way. This allows people to quickly scan a page and see if there are any last names of interest.

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You used paragraphs. Here's what I usually see.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 17, 2006 1:02 AM PDT
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PEOPLE SO EASILY FORGET, I GUESS, THAT IBM MAINFRAMES ARE STILL IN USE. YES, THEY REALLY ARE. IN THE IBM MAINFRAME WORLD YOU ENTER EVERYTHING IN CAPS. PROGRAMS ARE WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS. DATA IS ENTERED IN ALL CAPS. SOMETIMES IF LOWER-CASE DATA IS ENTERED IT WILL CAUSE AN ABEND. THE CAPS-LOCK KEY IS VERY NEEDED SO THAT PEOPLE WHO USE THEIR PC TO ACCESS MAINFRAME COMPUTERS DON'T HAVE TO TYPE WITH THEIR LITTLE FINGERS HELD DOWN ALL THE TIME. MY HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET.

Imagine if the next step down this path is the post without punctuation.

Feel free to post in all caps, I'll feel free to ignore such.

Bob

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(NT) (NT) excellently put.
by udayan71 / August 17, 2006 1:13 AM PDT
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It all depends on the context of the thing you are typing.
by NewOrderrr / August 17, 2006 3:27 AM PDT
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I feel that if you are typing a message to be read by someone else, you should type it in a way to convey wheat you are saying, and to use punctuation and proper grammar to convey your feelings.

1) THE NEW TREO IS OUT.
2) The new Treo is out.
Do you get the idea that writer of the first line is a little more excited than the second?

Formatting in programming (where it's a machine reading your text) does not coorespond with writing for an audience, at least in my book.

Good on ya for the main frame vs other programming styles. it does open this non-programmer's eyes to other conventions. I still feel that writing in a forum should be different than writing at work or for a program. (kinda like talking to your boss vs. talking at the water cooler.)
Note that I know of no news of a new Treo.

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