RE: Guidelines for using "e" in front of terms

Subject: RE: Guidelines for using "e" in front of terms
From: Doug Grossman <Doug -dot- Grossman -at- sas -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 12:57:12 -0500

My opinion (as opposed to fact) is that it should be thought of this way: "e-business" = "electronic business," "e-mail" = "electronic mail," etc.

I think of the hyphen the way an apostrophe is used in "y'all" (probably a bad example, but it's serviceable, I think), where the apostrophe is placed where the missing letters would have been. OK, a much better example would be "wouldn't."

Anyway, e'business and e'mail would've looked kinda goofy, so the standard to me seems to have become "e-business" and "e-mail."

I have had many more issues with how these terms should be capitalized at the beginning of sentences ("e-business" or "E-business"), or as headings ("e-business," "E-business," or "E-Business"). I have my own answer for that, too, but we can leave that for another day, I s'pose.

Again, only my opinion, but I hope it helps.

-----Original Message-----
From: Wade Courtney [mailto:wade -dot- courtney -at- nocpulse -dot- com]
Subject: Guidelines for using "e" in front of terms

Are there any websites for this?
For instance is it,
e business, e-business, or business?
C. Wade Courtney

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