Setting up acronyms

Subject: Setting up acronyms
From: jopakent -at- comcast -dot- net
To: TECHWR <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:22:07 +0000 (UTC)

Silly one here..

It seems to me that it is incorrect to capitalize acronym set-ups just because they are acronyms.

For instance: general arrangement (GA) seems correct, while General Arrangement (GA) does not.

I see engineers using capitalization to designate things as significant all the time (for instance, the Control System operates the yada-yada). To me, the desire to cap acronym set-ups is just more of the same.

On the other hand, if the set-up is for a proper noun, Geographic Information Service (GIS) I can see the propriety of capitalizing it.

Can I get a reality check here? I don't have a style guide handy so I checked Chicago Online and it seems to support my point of view:

Q. When you have an initialism, do you cap the first letter of each word when the phrase is completely spelled out?

A. In the spelled-out version, simply cap as you would if an initialism did not exist: standard operating procedures (SOPs), Rhode Island (RI), American Journal of Education ( AJE ), Mothers against Preschoolers (MAP).

Any pointers on how I can persuade folks to adopt the usage I'm favoring?

Thanks in advance,

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