[Ffmpeg-devel] [Ss][Nn][Oo][Ww] spelling^wbranding

Mike Melanson mike
Thu May 12 21:52:47 CEST 2005

Fran?ois Revol wrote:
>>On Thu, May 12, 2005 at 07:57:17PM +0200, Erik Slagter wrote:
>>>On Thu, 2005-05-12 at 09:00 -0600, Mike Melanson wrote:
>>>>>Sorry for bothering, but is there an official spelling or not?  
>>>>>Or is it
>>>>>just "I don't care, follow your own preference.", which is also 
>>>>	Conventionally, FOURCCs from AVI files are uppercase. I would 
>>>>vote for 
>>>>SNOW (and that is the current FOURCC).
>>>Aarrrgggg, capitals are ugly! Also they tend to be favoured by ugly
>>>operating systems and applications (= because they are archaic).
>>Anyone know the reason why legacy systems used all caps? It's really
> Because primitive terminals only had caps.

	That's not very creative. I think a better theory is that ALL CAPS was 
a de facto standard foisted on us by Microsoft. Apple came out with a 
computer that could do lowercase but MS asserted that their customers 
did not want or need lowercase. At least, not until MS supported 
lowercase. Naturally, Unix had supported lowercase since the dawn of 
time but was also the subject of much patent wrangling.

	Is that closer to the answer you were looking for, Felker?
	-Mike Melanson

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