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Seems like an ambiguous term if there's more than one port on the
outside of the box.
Rather than capitalize it, I'd look for a more precise description.
On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 12:06 PM, Jim <jameswitkin -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> 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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