"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Announced Changes in Associated Press Stylebook Use Lowercase internet & web to Replace Capitalized Internet & Web Starting June 1, 2016: What About the Spellcheckers!!??

In what web of deceit did you find yourself in yesterday?
This not an April 1 story. We checked the APStylebook at Twitter.

What is really IMPORTANT news?

Changes that we will be living with for years appear to us to fall in this category of importance.

Hence, we thus call attention to Henry Pickavet's piece at TechCrunch on the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook announcement that 'Internet' is to be spelled "internet" (in AP reports and in other sources relying on the Stylebook) as of June 1, 2016, i.e. the heretofore capitalized term "Internet" is to be demoted to a lower case existence in the spelling "internet". The same is to happen to the "Web" of the World Wide Web, which is being downgraded to "web".

For background, see the Wikipedia at Capitalization of "Internet" and Internet.

Living in Germany, we can not fully support the AP in these decisions.

The order-loving Germans know what is important and capitalize ALL nouns. Hence the "Web" and the "Internet" will remain capitalized in Germany.

We presume Microsoft's "Internet Explorer" will remain as is.

We are not sure that reducing capitalized words of meaning to the same level as their original generic term will in any way be helpful to understanding.

Indeed, my Blogger spell-checker has "Internet" as correct so that any lowercase "internet" comes up as a spelling error, and, you know what,
Microsoft Word in its most recent edition also marks "internet" as a spelling error. So the effect of the AP change is more work for us, with NO BENEFIT!!

Dear folks at AP, what foolishness have thou wrought!!??

P.S. Oh Well, I suppose we could just as well write associated press, ap, and stylebook in the future. Does it make a difference?