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

Subject: RE: Guidelines for using "e" in front of terms?
From: "Wojcik, Richard H" <richard -dot- h -dot- wojcik -at- boeing -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 12:45:48 -0800

At Boeing, the "e" prefix has already become standard usage without the
hyphen. Managers prefix it to everything that has anything to do with a
computing applications or networks, including home-grown authoring systems
for writers. IBM does not seem to have been very aggressive about keeping
the term "ebusiness" as a trademark, and I believe that it is too late to do
anything about it. That's my emessage on this esubject. Egads!

-----Original Message-----
Brian Hooper wrote:

I absolutely agree with Geoff here. The term "e-business" is indeed an IBM
service mark. Therefore, in many cases, competitors of IBM opt to replace
"e-business" with "Internet business." You might want to follow suit.

"Hart, Geoff" wrote:

> ...I'm with the group of editors who feels that "e-" (as in e-mail)
> is the preferred form until the unhyphenated form becomes standard in
> popular usage; that's admittedly a judgment call, but at least it follows
> the historical practice in English of starting compounds words as
> compounds, then gradually setting the words solid as a single word after
> several years of widespread use.

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