AP changes to 'website'

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 21 12:07:49 UTC 2010

The accepted practice among computer professionals:

"In this book, we will spell *internet* in the smaller case to refer to any
routed network, and we will spell *Internet *in upper case to refer to the
global Internet."

Panko, Raymond R.
*Business Data Networks and Telecommunications*
Seventh Edition
Prentice Hall, 2009

Of course, that's not to say that the AP will follow suit.


On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 12:06 AM, Taylor Kate Brown <tkatebrown at gmail.com>wrote:

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> Hi,
> I'm a Columbia journalism student working on an reported opinion piece on
> the rationale behind the copyediting styles of Web site and Internet. Then
> last Friday, the AP shocked me by actually changing their style to
> "website". From what I understand about the background of both words, there
> was a stronger case for keeping Web capitalized, but not Internet. What's
> everyone's thoughts on this change? Why not de-capitalize Internet at the
> same time? And for whom is AP relevant for? Readers or simply to clear up
> confusion at large media outlets?
> Thanks,
> Taylor Kate Brown
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