The death of ‘Internet’ – and ‘Web’

“The folks responsible for the entries in the Associated Press Stylebook have announced that the word ‘Internet’ will no longer be uppercased, thus breaking my heart and making some of our writers very happy,” Henry Pickavet reports for TechCrunch.

“The AP Stylebook, which many newspapers and websites (one word? really?) use to guide their style efforts, defines Internet as ‘a decentralized, worldwide network of computers that can communicate with each other,'” Pickavet reports. “It’s a pretty big definition and has warranted the glory of a capital I. But no more. And that’s not all. The AP Stylebook has also decided to lowercase ‘Web.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Finally, the Internet internet and Web web, have arrived!


    1. I agree with you that it is almost always superfluous.
      But, believe it or not, there are still sites out there that don’t auto-map port 80 (http) requests made against their domain name onto whatever machine is running their web server. In other words, for those sites, the “www.” machine name is still necessary.

  1. Internet and Web are both pronouns and nouns.

    There are many stars and planets, but only one Sun and Earth, likewise there is only one Internet and Web but we can dig in earth and browse web pages.

    It’s a matter of context. Just because the AP wants to change the standard of their writing, doesn’t change why we capitalized some words and not others.

      1. Mundane – one’s take on how boring something is. The internet is too boring now to capitalize. Laser has gone from, acronym to word, alas also losing its luster.

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