Re: the Web....or web....

Subject: Re: the Web....or web....
From: Mark Levinson <MarkL -at- gilian -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 11:49:52 +0200

The way I see it, the World Wide Web is a web, just as the Ford
Motor Company is a company. The proper noun refers to an instance
of the common noun.

If the context is clear, you can use the common noun in its own
right, without considering it a contraction of the proper noun;
and in such a case, I see no reason to capitalize it. "My
whole family used to work for Ford, but my brother quit the
company and moved to Texas." "The World Wide Web makes a huge
amount of music available, but much of it is on the web

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