[rfc-i] Capitalization of "working group"

Phillip Hallam-Baker phill at hallambaker.com
Wed Apr 12 17:11:18 PDT 2017


If you write xerox, you are using it as a synonym for photocopy and it is
thus not a proper noun. Same if you google the Internet.

AP are ignorant dolts who don't know better. We do.


On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 12:53 PM, Joe Touch <touch at isi.edu> wrote:

> Capitalization rules, like everything else in English, are fluid. Proper
> nouns aren't all capitalized, e.g.: "You can xerox a kleenex."
>
> E.g., the Associated Press has recommended using "internet" rather than
> "Internet", even for the proper noun of the singular, global communications
> system we all work on. Many newspapers and other media outlets follow their
> lead.
>
> I don't think it matters what is used. Consistency is helpful, but not
> critical.
>
> Joe
>
> On 4/12/2017 8:14 AM, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
>
> Capitalization in English has followed John Hart's rule that the first
> word in a sentence and proper nouns are capitalized since the mid 17th
> century (Hart died in 1574). The practice was well established long before
> the beginning of compulsory schooling in Victorian times.
>
> I suggest that this is a case where it is unnecessary for the IETF to vary
> what is already the standard.
>
> If we refer to the SPLUNGE Working Group, then 'Working Group' appears as
> part of its title and is thus a proper noun and is thus capitalized. If we
> are talking about what a working group is doing then it is not.
>
>
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