RE: To capitalize or not?

Subject: RE: To capitalize or not?
From: "Jack DeLand" <jackdeland -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "'Jim'" <jameswitkin -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'techwr-l'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 15:38:23 -0400

Hard to find an engineer who does not Initial Cap Everything. I'm Just

Jack DeLand
Adam Charles Consulting, LLC
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Subject: To capitalize or not?

I'm having this ongoing debate with my engineer coworkers: when to
capitalize the names of the parts that make up our hardware platform. I'm
describing a server we manufacture for telecom networks. On the back of the
server are various ports and plugs. I am providing instructions for
connecting a specific cable to a specific port, which we call the "external

Question: should reference to this specific port be capitalized (External
Port) or not (external port). My engineer coworkers say yes because we are
referring to a specific port so this is a type of proper noun. All the other
ports on the server have specific names so these should also be capitalized.
I'm not sure this does qualify as a proper noun. Thoughts?

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