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Write the Right Word: Web and Other Terms

Modern technology had spawned a whole new set of terms. It also has led to questions such as whether the first letter of these words should be capitalized and whether some should be one word, hyphenated or two words.

Here are a few of the common terms:

* email - It is short for electronic mail. Capitalize the “e” if it is the first word in a sentence. “You can reach me by email.” “Email me with your suggestions.”

* Internet - It is a global system of interconnected computer networks. The first letter is capitalized in all cases because it is a proper name. The Net is OK on second and future references in the same article.

* Web - That’s short for the World Wide Web, a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. When referring to this system, the first letter is capitalized in all cases because it is a proper name. “The Web was developed between March 1989 and December 1990.”

* Web page and Web feed - Notice they are two words and Web always is capitalized.

* website, webcam, webcast, webmaster - These are one word. The “w” is lowercase unless the word is at the beginning of a sentence. “John Smith is our new webmaster.” “Websites are easy to develop.”

Ellen Crawford, information specialist, (701) 231-5391



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