RE: capitalization of 'web'

Subject: RE: capitalization of 'web'
From: "James Barrow" <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 13:48:08 -0800

>Susan Hogarth wrote:
>>Bonnie Granat wrote:
>>Feelings have nothing to do with it. Is there really an argument over
>>whether in English we capitalize *names*? I don't think so. Everyone who
>>speaks or writes English knows that names are capitalized.
>>Names get capitalized. That's all there is to it; there is no other
>>argument. You don't lowercase a name, and Internet and Web are names. One
>>is the official name, and the other is the nickname. And we don't
>>lowercase nicknames, either. ...
>'Web' is not (or shouldn't be) a 'nickname' for 'internet'. Perhaps that's
>not what you meant, but I wanted to clear that up :)

Web isn't a nickname for Internet. It's short for World Wide Web.

The World Wide Web ("the Web") is an interconnected set of documents and
files linked together by hyperlinks.

The Internet ("the Net") is an interconnected set of computers and computer
networks, linked to each other by copper wires, fiber-optic cables,
microwave links etc.


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