[rfc-i] Capitalization of "working group"

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Wed Apr 12 09:53:15 PDT 2017

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


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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