AP changes to 'website'

ronbutters at AOL.COM ronbutters at AOL.COM
Wed Apr 21 17:16:05 UTC 2010

I have long refused to cap either "internet" or "website." We do not cap "telephone" or "airwaves" or "billboard." How did these silly caps get started in the first place?
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From: Taylor Kate Brown
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Subject: [ADS-L] AP changes to 'website'
Sent: Apr 21, 2010 12:06 AM


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?


Taylor Kate Brown

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