Re: To capitalize or not?

Subject: Re: To capitalize or not?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:17:37 -0400

I also subscribe to being consistent, whatever the outcome.

Chris

On Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 7:15 AM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> To leverage from what Keith wrote, it's a contextual matter. If it's
> labeled that way on the device, I might go along with capitalizing it.....
> but not without first raising questions about it.
>
> Ordinarily, I'd never capitalize *external port*, as it's not a proper
> noun. And as Jack wrote, Engineers Are Prone to Capitalizing Everything.
> Why? Because they Don't Know Any Better.
>
> Are the other ports capitalized on their labels? Then maybe External Port
> (I said *maybe*).
>
> But not knowing the context, I'd opt for all lowercase, coupled with a
> cropped screenshot of the physical port and its label. That way it doesn't
> matter how the physical port is labeled; your body copy will be correct.
>
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> On Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 12:58 AM, Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
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>> In the absence of any more compelling argument, just maintain consistency.
>> If the other port names are capitalized, then capitalize this one as well.
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>> On Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:06 PM, Jim <jameswitkin -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
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>> > 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: Keith Hood
Re: To capitalize or not?: From: Chris Morton

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