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Subject:Re: Web vs. web? From:"Parks, Beverly" <ParksB -at- EMH1 -dot- HQISEC -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL> Date:Fri, 3 Apr 1998 13:03:24 -0700
But Max, there *is* more than one internet. There is THE Internet and
there are numerous, smaller internets. However, there is only one World
Wide Web. Because the WWW is often referred to as the Web, the initial
cap is necessary to distinguish it from other, smaller webs. (And I
don't mean spider's webs ;-)
I'm pretty much convinced on the Internet/internet issue, but I could
probably be swayed on the Web/web issue.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Max Bygrave [SMTP:bygravem -at- INTUITIVE -dot- CO -dot- UK]
> I have to disagree with the view that the internet or web should have
> a =
> capitalised initial on the grounds (essentially) that it is a proper =
> noun. The fact that -- at the moment -- there is only one
> internet/web =
> does not make it a proper noun; ultimately there is scope for more =
> internets/webs. More importantly, even if you argue that there can =
> never be more than one internet/web (because all equivalents or =
> alternatives by their nature become part of the original), that still
> doesn't make it a proper noun.