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Subject:Re: the Web....or web.... From:Adam -dot- Lund -at- metaware -dot- com To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 24 Oct 2000 14:52:33 -0700
I'm seeing "Web" spelled in a lower-case form quite a
bit these days....what is the current vibe....is "Web"
common enough that it can be lower-case now?
How about Internet/internet?
The Web, or web...
I believe the rule is that proper nouns should be capitalized. The Internet
is generally regarded as its own entity and as a proper noun, so "Internet"
should almost always be capitalized. Usage may become tricky when you
refer to an Internet technology or Internet something-or-other, when the
word Internet modifies another word (with hyphen, usually). But in general
you should be safe with an init cap on Internet.
The usage of Web/web is a little more tricky. You have the Web, its own
entity and a proper noun, similar to the Internet. But you also have web
pages, web sites, and a host of other things that are web. The vibe, as I
know it, is that it's OK to use lower case web in terms such as web pages,
web sites, web media, web-based support, or when you refer to "web" as a
property of something else. If "web" appears as the first part of a proper
noun, capitalize the word. Some examples follow:
"For more information on widgets, visit the Company XYZ support web site
at: http://www.companyxyz.com/support/ "
"Search the Web for more information on XYZ widgets."
"IBN hired a new Webmaster to work on the Webopedia project on the
The Microsoft Manual o' Style, Wired style guide, and Yale Manual of Style
may contain more info on this topic.
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