RE: Web-?-web-?-based?

Subject: RE: Web-?-web-?-based?
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>, "Tara Charter" <tara -dot- charter -at- physiciansmutual -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 13:16:40 -0500

Bonnie said...

> For "webpage" -- There is no confusion about what it means.
> For "web-based" -- There is confusion about what it means; does it
mean a
> type of manufacturing process or a printing process, or is it
referring to
> the World Wide Web?
> Therein lies the answer for all instances.
> Bonnie Granat
> response to Tara's post
> >
> > What is everyone using as far as capitalization of "web" ? My
> > manual of style says "always
> > capitalize when used alone". So, what about "web-based"?
> >

I'll just quibble a little bit with Bonnie on this. All TWO of the style
guides I've referenced recently (MS Style guide and our company guide)
say that "Web page" is always two words, and they agree with Tara's
source about always using Web capitalized when referring to the World
Wide Web.

My style guides seem to agree with Bonnie that "web-based" or
"Web-based" would depend on the context (capitalized if referring to the
World Wide Web). Thus, capitalization helps identify which "web" the
modified noun is "based" upon (a spider web, a manufacturing web, the
webbing of a tennis net, or the World Wide Web). Okay, sorry--it's the
last work day before Christmas.

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