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Tags and categories with capital letters

  • If I tag a post with a tag that is also the name of an existing category, the tag takes on the case of the category name.

    For example, if I add the tags:
    radio, adverts, music

    I already have a category called Music, so the tags on my post become:

    > adverts
    > Music
    > radio

    Why is there this link between category names and tags? As far as I’m concerned, tags and categories are two separate things, so I’d like to be able to use different case, even if the word happens to be the same.

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  • OK, I see it’s because each term only appears once in the database, irrespective of how many “taxonomies” it belongs to. So that means there’s no solution, other than using CSS tricks or a plugin to change case as tags are displayed?

    So, what is the point of having both tags and categories?

    Only just saw this reply…

    Tags and categories serve different purposes. Categories are good for organising posts into a small number of topics that are quite strictly defined, often when the blog is first started. Tags, on the other hand, provide a looser way of describing the content of the post that usually isn’t quite perfect, but over time builds to give a picture of which topics are covered by the blog (i.e. the tag cloud). I would expect a blog to use a handful of categories, but tens if not hundreds of tags.

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