Uncapitalizing The Internet

from the slow-news-week? dept

For a while now it actually has bothered me that the official spelling (at least according to various spell checkers) of "Internet" includes the capital "I". I had thought I was the only person being so anal, so I pretty much ignored it and stuck with the preferred "internet" spelling. However, it seems I'm not the only one. A professor is working on changing the common practice so that internet is spelled with a lower case "i". I think it looks silly with the capitalized I. He thinks that it suggests that the "Internet" is a brand owned by a company. A lower case internet suggests it's just a thing owned by everyone. His reason is better than mine. It seems to be quite a battle shaping up between those who like to leave it lower case and those who feel it still officially requires the capital I.
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    DV Henkel-Wallace, 30 Dec 2002 @ 1:43am

    It makes a big difference

    The RFCs are clear: internet protocols are used for internets...and there is one big Internet that is the union of all the other nets.

    They likely mangled what Bob Kahn said (I remember talking with him about this in the mid '80s); what they printed isn't inconsistent with the above.

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