[rfc-i] Capitalization of "working group"

Phillip Hallam-Baker phill at hallambaker.com
Tue Apr 18 10:48:49 PDT 2017


That's cMOS. They use lower case for proper nouns like Internet.


On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 1:30 PM, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) <
rse at rfc-editor.org> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> Interesting thread.
>
> I am sympathetic to how capitalization rules can be confusing to
> everyone (not just non-native English speakers). That said, I think
> simply requiring "Working Group" in all instances is not really the
> right approach for a variety of reasons. For one, it's really not a
> unique term of art; other SDOs (e.g., IEEE - see
> https://standards.ieee.org/develop/wg.html) use "working groups" as
> well. For another, being able to talk about working groups as opposed
> to, for instance, the Internet Area Working Group, is useful.
>
> In this case, the RFC Editor will stick with the CMOS guidelines about
> capitalization, which summarized say that when used as a proper noun, we
> will capitalize it. When used as a common noun, we won't.
>
> Hope that helps,
> Heather
>
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