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For years Wired Style was the guide for anyone writing about “new media.” In the early days of the internet the venerable Chicago Manual of Style and Strunk & White’s Elements of Style had nothing to say about new words and phrases like internet, World Wide Web, and email so Wired Style became the standard. Like thousands of others, I capitalized Web and Internet because Wired said that’s how to do it. (The current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style covers internet publishing extensively).

Today Wired News has decided that this is no longer to be done. They say that “a change in our house style was necessary to put into perspective what the internet is: another medium for delivering and receiving information. That it transformed human communication is beyond dispute. But no more so than moveable type did in its day. Or the radio. Or television.”

Just as I followed Wired Style, I shall follow this new style. Should you see me improperly capitalizing these words, please rap my knuckles with a yardstick.

Deane
August 18, 2004 2:29 PM

I have had a posting on my site about whether or not Web should be capitalized for two years now: http://www.gadgetopia.com/2002/10/01/ShouldWebBeCapitalized.html It still gets a dozen hits a day. I always believed that since it was a proper noun, it needed to be capitalized. But I guess Wired has refuted that argument.

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