[TUHS] God vs god (was Upper/Lower at DEC)
toby at telegraphics.com.au
Mon Oct 14 19:37:16 AEST 2019
On 2019-10-13 11:17 p.m., Steve Johnson wrote:
> There is a story (or perhaps an urban legend) that mainframe computers
> used all upper case, in spite of research showing lower case was easier
> to read, because some executive said "But with all lower case, we can't
> spell God's name right". Anybody able to put some reality behind that?
Did nobody explain to the executive that, like printed typography for
FIVE HUNDRED years prior, that a character set with lower case would
include BOTH CASES? (Typographic research doesn't claim that lower case
_only_ is easier to read, and there are reasons to believe it is not.)
> ----- Original Message -----
> "Lars Brinkhoff" <lars at nocrew.org>
> "Arthur Krewat" <krewat at kilonet.net>
> <tuhs at tuhs.org>
> Sat, 12 Oct 2019 04:24:01 +0000
> Re: [TUHS] Fwd: Curious Question from the Ether about use of Upper
> and Lower case at DEC
> Arthur Krewat wrote:
> > While BAH was more involved in PDP-10 stuff, I wonder what her take is
> > on this.
> I don't think there ever was a lower case "pdp10" on the machines.
> From what I see, it was "PDP-10", "decsystem10", "DECSYSTEM 20",
> or "DECSYSTEM 2020".
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