Wednesday, August 18, 2004

An I for an i

Wired News will no longer capitalize the "I" in internet. There never was a reason for capitalizing the word in the first place, and therefore the decision.

In Swedish, and in Finnish, the capital letter I is still used in the word internet. Why? Both the Swedish language committee in Finland and the Swedish group for computer terminology in Sweden recommend capitalizing as the internet is a name and a “proper noun for a specific computer web”. I suggest we write the word with a minuscule, a lower case letter that is, in Swedish and Finnish too. Or to be more precise, that the linguists would start recommending the form "internet", because people are using this decapitalized way of writing more and more anyways.

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