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Old 02-06-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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Whoa--can't type crossfit in all lower case!

I typed in the word crossfit in all lower case letters and it was automatically corrected for me to include the cap C and cap F. Freaky!
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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Re: Whoa--can't type CrossFit in all lower case!

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Old 02-06-2009, 09:49 AM   #3
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Damn, you're right, freaky
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:55 AM   #4
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Re: Whoa--can't type CrossFit in all lower case!

Huh, I never noticed that... I just posted something in the medical forum and I'd typed it all lower case, because I was quoting what I'd typed as a search parameter. Looking at my post, it did the same thing.

Makes sense, CFHQ is (rightly) proud of their brand, it's not a tough bit of code to make sure it's always displayed correctly.

In the spirit of experimentation:

CrossFit

So, the above was originally typed with a "c" and "f" all other letters uppercase. One cycle through the preview function corrected it to the official format.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:57 AM   #5
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CROssFIT

Edit: seems like it self-corrects no matter what you do. I typed "crossfit" with capped CRO and it came out the proper way.
Yes, this is a brand preservation effort.
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Re: Whoa--can't type CrossFit in all lower case!

"CrossFit"
(CrossFit)

special character enclosure doesn't seem to affect it, either.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:09 AM   #7
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Re: Whoa--can't type CrossFit in all lower case!

i can't believe this is a thread

but i like it..... crossfit
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Re: Whoa--can't type CrossFit in all lower case!

Some webservers are case sensitive. So when "crossfit" is part of a URL, it could result in a broken link.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:18 AM   #9
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Re: Whoa--can't type CrossFit in all lower case!

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i can't believe this is a thread

but i like it..... CrossFit
We should be clear, this is an experimentation with challenging the complexity of the text filter, not a bashing of the brand we all love. I say this only so that we don't all get banned by the mods, or something.

If we're going to keep playing, we should probably mention what we'd actually typed before the filter got ahold of it.

CROSS FIT

CROSS_FIT

C ROSSFIT

Looks like it's a basic ASCII character code test. Upper and lower case letters and all other printable characters, to a computer, are different entities, each with its own numeric value. For instance, "A" is 1000001 and "a" is 1100001. So, the filter must test for all combinations of "CrossFit" by character code, and when it detects it flips it to match the approved format. If you throw in characters which aren't part of the word (a space counts as a printable character) the filter fails.

The Powers That Be might want to add a test for a space character in there, so if someone typoes "CrossFit" as I did above, the filter will still detect and correct it.

This is probably as far as this thread can go...
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Re: Whoa--can't type CrossFit in all lower case!

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Some webservers are case sensitive. So when "CrossFit" is part of a URL, it could result in a broken link.
www.CrossFit.com (WFS)

Yeah, it even seems to do it within a URL (originally typed all lowercase), it might also be a good idea to have the filter test for the leading characters which define a link, to avoid this problem.
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