RE: I/internet

Subject: RE: I/internet
From: "Anita Legsdin" <anita -dot- legsdin -at- watchmark -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 14:03:48 -0800

Maybe I'm missing something--after all, I just got back from vacation.
Isn't this just a matter of "as defined in the style guide"? As my
father used to say, "Look it up in the dictionary." Pick a style guide
and accept what it says. Or if it's not in your favorite style guide,
pick one variant and be consistent. Language is seldom absolute; or, to
paraphrase, absolute is a relative term in my book.

If you care about the official MSTP version, here's what they say:
The term the Internet (capitalized) refers to the worldwide collection
of networks that use the TCP/IP protocols to communicate with each
other. The Internet offers a number of tools, including e-mail, the
World Wide Web, and other communication services.
The term internet (lowercase) refers to any large network made up of a
number of smaller networks. In general, avoid use of the lowercase term
or define it so that it's not confused with the Internet.

Happy New Year!

Anita Legsdin
Sr. Technical Writer
(425) 564-8135

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