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I have done loads of searches over the last few days and I couldn't find a single site with CamelCaps filenames in the SERPs to test the theory on.
Try typing in "tampa weather" without the quotations. You will see both the words Tampa and weather in the URL's returned. When weather or tampa are capitalized, they are not highlighted. When they are lower case, they are.
I'm betting that Google doesn't take account of keywords in URLs in the algo, and that they just highlight the words as they appear in the HTML SERPs; and that there is a simple bug somewhere in the word-highlighting routine.
I must be on a different datacenter or they fixed the bug since the start of this thread.
In relation to odd URL highlighting, I noticed the other day some more *bugs?* in which characters composing escaped chars are highlighted as though they were search terms.
For example, "allinurl:.php?p" returns a number of results in which "p" in the escaped "&" symbol (escaped to "&") is displayed and highlighted as though it were part of the real URL. A little wordy to explain, do the search to see what I mean...
Not a big problem I'm sure. Makes me think that along with the case sensitive URL matching, there are still a few bugs in the URL highlighting scripts...
Text identification bug:
If you search for "Widgetville" then any occurrences of "Widgetville" aren't highlighted in the URL whereas occurrences of "widgetville" are. This is also the case if you search for the non-capitalised version.
Interesting that GG now says that it doesn't count for anything - in that case, why highlight the search term to say "Hey, Google found it here!"?
Is there a search term that picks up a page just because of the occurrence of the search term in the URL?
I have a file named (changed) cow-grass.html and when I seached for Cow S. Grass (full name) (or cow s grass) a few days ago, it highlighted cow-grass, leading me to think that feature is just a show-off. :)
Makes me think it needs tweaking to put them in an array and pull them out longest first ;-)
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While Google is not case sensitive with regard to search queries, I have seen in the past that it is case sensitive about filenames when the server is case sensitive about the filenames... ie, it will see PageName.html and pagename.html as two different files.
It's possible, as I understand it, to set up an Apache server so it's not case sensitive. It may be that the highlighting examples you see in the returned filenames reflect the server preferences. Someone who knows more about Apache servers should jump in here.