D7741: KDE HIG: Fix strings re. case sensitivity
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Sun Sep 10 03:19:18 UTC 2017
argonel added a comment.
"Match case" is acceptable. It refers to "typecase", the box in which movable type was stored. The convention was that capital letters were stored in the uppermost of two boxes, hence "upper case" and "lower case".
"Match case" or "Case-sensitive match" sound natural, but if you want the word "match" to be first use "Match case-sensitively".
The hyphen is a stylistic choice, apparently British English uses hyphens and American English does not. I'm from Canada, and both methods are used.
If it's grammatical justification you need: "case-sensitive" functions as an adjective, which requires a noun. The ambiguity of the missing -ly suffix or the missing noun is what makes it sound weird.
Cc: argonel, nalvarez, dhaumann, flherne, kwrite-devel
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