Release status: stable
|Description||Automatic correct case mistakes.|
|Author(s)||Martin Tournoij (Carpetsmokertalk)|
|Latest version||1.1 (2020-03-24)|
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This is really much more sane than the default case-sensitivity.
This implements the "Auto redirect option" from Case sensitivity of page names:
|“||Automatically redirect to a page that has same spelling but different capitalization (have the computer do the disambiguation pages when a spelling doesn't match an existing page)
Negatives: Performance and possible search engine duplicate content penalties caused by MediaWiki's redirection mechanism.
My response to that:
- It's one very simple query, the performance hit should be almost unnoticeable for most sites.
- The user having to figure out the correct URL is often more of a performance hit, not to mention a huge usability hit. Plus these are the sort of responses that can be cached very well in Varnish or whatnot.
- A 301 "Moved Permanently" redirect should be fine for search engines.
Also note that bing bot usually likes to crawl your site assuming it's case insensitive, rewriting all your valid URLs into lowercase, causing lots of 404 error responses in the logs, and possible crawl errors that could prevent some of your pages to be indexed properly on that search engine.