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On a similar note, I am pretty adamant about using a lowercase "h" in
"online help." That is, using an uppercase "h" only if the noun is
proper, as it might be in the title of the help or in the name of a
proprietary online help system (Microsoft HTML Help).
I run into folks and companies (pretty much all the help-authoring-tool
manufacturers) who insist "h" should be uppercase when it refers to
online help. Bah. Neither do I automatically always capitalize the first
letter in "book," "document," etc. <g>
That being said, I do use initial caps for "Internet" and "Web," so
maybe I'm just irrational. Still, if you always do it the same,
everywhere, then it's less noticeable and easier to change, right? <g>
Folks, I think you can make a case for lowercase. By now, going online
is about as commonplace as taking the train or the bus, and if I write
that "I'm taking the train home," I don't capitalize "train." Granted,
there was a time when the Internet was owned and operated by a small
enough and select enough group that it needed to be considered a
specific entity with a proper name -- and it is debatable whether that
time has passed. But I think that specific entity is in the process of
becoming a generic thing, if it hasn't already.
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