Re: Using Capital Letters

Subject: Re: Using Capital Letters
From: Beth Agnew <bagnew -at- INSYSTEMS -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:50:06 -0400

Hi all,

Jennifer O'Neill asked about this odd trait of putting "key words" in
capitals. (This is definitely a case for the Writing Police!) I've run into
this a few times, all from junior technical writers or developers
attempting to write technical material. Somewhere, they're being told that
"important" words should be capitalized. At first, I thought it was an
English-as-a-Second-Language thing, because there are other languages where
all nouns are routinely capitalized, but this is not the case. I've seen
native speakers do it, too. It's curious. Where do they get these ideas?

You'll all have realized by now that our job as TC is not only to write
clearly and effectively ourselves, but to educate others so that the
collective output is more readable. Looks like we have out work cut out for


Beth Agnew
Senior Technical Writer, InSystems Technologies Inc.
mailto:bagnew -at- insystems -dot- com Tel: (905) 513-1400 ext. 280
Fax: (905) 513-1419
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