[rfc-i] Capitalization of "working group"

Jim Schaad ietf at augustcellars.com
Tue Apr 18 12:44:02 PDT 2017

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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,

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