RE: To capitalize or not?

Subject: RE: To capitalize or not?
From: "Robart, Kay" <Kay -dot- Robart -at- tea -dot- texas -dot- gov>
To: Jim Jones <han4yu3 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:00:25 +0000

Youâd agree with me even better if you called me Kay Robart, because thatâs my name. ;-)

From: Jim Jones [mailto:han4yu3 -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 2:59 PM
To: Robart, Kay <Kay -dot- Robart -at- tea -dot- texas -dot- gov>
Cc: Jim <jameswitkin -at- gmail -dot- com>; techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: Re: To capitalize or not?

I agree with Robert Kay.

If the thing is labeled then the engineers are getting close, but if the thing is not labeled External Port, then the entire issue can be confusing.

Jim Jones

LinkedIn.com/in/jimxlat

On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:41 PM, Robart, Kay <Kay -dot- Robart -at- tea -dot- texas -dot- gov<mailto:Kay -dot- Robart -at- tea -dot- texas -dot- gov>> wrote:
I would capitalize it only if it is labeled "External Port" on the hardware. It doesn't qualify as a proper noun. Does their logic mean that if I am talking about a specific chair, I have to write "Chair"?

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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 port."

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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To capitalize or not?: From: Jim
RE: To capitalize or not?: From: Robart, Kay
Re: To capitalize or not?: From: Jim Jones

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