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It's Not Just the 'internet' Now

I just discovered, (via Zeldman) that Wired News has changed its style guide so that Web and Internet are now web and internet.
I always thought that you were supposed to capitalize proper nouns. And to me “Internet” is the name of a unique thing (as is Web). There is only one Internet and one Web so they deserve the caps. With all due respect to Wired and Zeldman, until we have more then one Internet or Web, I think the capitals remain.
Referring to a “Web designer” or an “Internet consultant” doesn’t allow you do drop the under the argument that there are many of those. The Web and Internet in those terms are adjectives modifying the nouns and as such (I believe) retain their caps. Just like “Pope watcher” or “Madonna fan” aren’t “pope watcher” and “madonna fan”.
BTW, I use e-mail not E-mail, intranet not Intranet (there are lots of intranets, not just one), and Net (short for Internet) not ‘Net or net.

One Comment

  1. neilio
    neilio April 1, 2005

    I’ve been a “web” and “internet” person for quite some time. To me, it’s like television or radio – it’s just another delivery mechanism, and not a place or person.
    It’s true that the interactivity of the web changes things a little, but I still feel the lowercase makes more sense – the usage of capitalization for proper nouns only fits when you’re dealing with the physical.
    But, I say toe-may-toe, you say toe-mah-toe. It’s all just semantics.
    (For what it’s worth, I’m an “email” person, too, but that’s another argument for another day.)

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