When you're posting hashtags that contain multiple words, it's a good idea to capitalise the first letter of each word. This helps blind people who use screen reader software to know what the hashtag actually says.
This kind of capitalisation is usually known as "CamelCase". CamelCase doesn't just help blind people, it also makes hashtags clearer for sighted people too!
Using CamelCase won't affect your post's visibility (because searches ignore capitalisation) but it will improve the post's accessibility, so you'll get more people reading it.
Thank you to @martyn for raising this topic 👍
I think "PascalCase" vs "camelCase" is if you're discussing programming?
This is post is aimed at non-programmers, and CamelCase is perhaps easiest to remember and understand 🐫 😁
If you say camelCase it isn't obvious that each word has to be capitalised. CamelCase makes it obvious.
If you say PascalCase no one knows what Pascal means, and it's harder to remember what the term was called.
Apologies to programmers out there who are upset by this standard-breaking approach
@feditips You know what, I started reading the replies expecting to find well-actually-it's-pascal-case and I'm disappointed that I was not disappointed
@sieben_grafik I don't know on that, I just try to do my bit to make the community a nice place. I'm not involved in the mastodon code at all, despite what my notifications are trying to tell me since replying to that high-profile account!
@martyn was not just talking to you, was just wandering on #LinkedIn / #Instagram accounts who want to share more accessible content also gave attention to this and I thought over there that the plattform owners should work on that aswell, but here in the #Fediverse / #ActivityPup it works different of course
@feditips @martyn I'm pro-CamelCase (or whatever it's being called), but it's worth noting that the stock Mastodon web client tends to auto-complete hashtags into the all-lowercase form if you use the drop-down menu feature thingy.
I don't know if it always prefers lowercase, or if it just uses the most popular form of that particular hashtag, or what... but I think it signals to users that the auto-completed form is the "correct" one when perhaps it's not always preferable.
As far as I know, CamelCase is the most widely accepted term in accessibility?
Is there a better, clearer, more memorable term for this?
@email@example.com @firstname.lastname@example.org BactrianCase works, as what camelCase is named after is Dromedary camels, which is why it's sometimes called dromedaryCase. Bactrian camels have 2 big humps while Dromedary camels (the kind you think of when you think "camel") have one small and one big hump.
Pic 1 is a Bactrian camel, pic 2 is a Dromedary camel.
@feditips may also reduce the obviousness of such misfortunes as "susanalbumparty" and "pokemonmastersex". but then again maybe just word hashtags better because someone's gonna type in lowercase