Is there a possibility of adding an "auto-quoting" feature, function option, or updating the documentation to reflect this auto-downcasing? I realize that current functionality is consistent with the underlying library.
Details: I had a result handed to me with columns of the name "func(IDENTIFIER)", which would always have to be quoted anyway. I ended up adding what seemed like a superfluous set of quotes around the field name prior to the fnumber() call. (Which was hard to track down because I figured the parentheses were the problem).
I finally discovered where the problem was occurring under 27.3.2 http://www.postgresql.org/docs/7.4/static/libpq-exec.html for PQfnumber
"The given name is treated like an identifier in an SQL command, that is, it is downcased unless double-quoted. For example, given a query result generated from the SQL command"
I see that static VALUE pgresult_fnumber(VALUE self, VALUE name) passes the name almost directly to PQfnumber().