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This week, author Meryl Evans takes on the techno lingo of the Internet age and tackles the tough issues. Are there really grammar rules for the Web? Find out if you should be writing html or HTML code for the Net.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2. FEATURED ARTICLE: I Say E-Mail, You Say Email - Let's Call the Whole Thing Off!

>The Demise of Email

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate? That is the question we all ask when we type the abbreviated version of electronic mail. Wired Magazine announced that it should be hyphenated. Yet, The New Hacker's Dictionary uses "email" in its glossary and Geek.com uses the hyphen. Personally, I prefer it without the hyphen just because I'm lazy. But Wired does have a point, "e" does represent electronic and therefore e-mail is really two words. Thus, "e-mail" makes sense. However, most of the world is not going to switch overnight and you'll see plenty of "emails" floating around.

Now, that's settled, what about "Web site?" or "Internet?" And the multitude of other words that have only recently become a part of our daily vocabulary?

Well, let's end it once and for all. Here are the facts and resources to help you ensure (and NOT "insure," but that is another story) you're writing web terminology correctly or close to it anyway.

http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,39450,00.html http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/ http://www.geek.com/glossary/

>Big I or Little i?

For the longest time, I've been guilty of using "internet" in my references to this great, big "world wide web." After all, I thought the Internet was a noun and because it was not anyone's name or other proper noun, it was not supposed to be capitalized. Well, my logic thinking failed me this time. Because the Internet is the "mother of all internets," it should be capitalized and preceded by "the."

The Net is perfectly acceptable as long as you remember Big N and the "the" word. Hey, I didn't want to end another sentence on "the." Oops, I did it anyway.

Oh, and it is World Wide Web, Web site, and Web. These are all caps. Yet, when we say "webmaster," "webcam," or "webzine" we keep them wee bitty.


>F-T-P, What Does it Mean to Me?

Some people use "ftp" (file transfer protocol) and others "FTP" and both are correct, depending on how it is used. If you are entering FTP into the URL, ftp is perfectly fine. However, if you're telling someone that she needs to use FTP to send the files to the server, it should big letters. It's an abbreviation and they're capitalized. The same rule applies to HTML (hypertext markup language), GIF (graphical interchange format), JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group), GUI (graphical user interface), and LAN (local area network).

Yes, you can use FTP as a verb to say, "I FTP'd my files to the server." Just remember to use the shift key. "Hey, Meryl, Ms. Two Syllables Not One! Why is it "FTP'd" instead of "FTPed?"

As Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof always said, "Tradition!" Actually, I think it's because it looks prettier. OK, I admit it, I don't know and I couldn't find the answer to that one. If you do, give me a ring.

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>Best of Both Worlds

Here comes the fun part, there are terms that mix upper and lower case letters. JavaScript, RealAudio, QuickTime, and WebTV fall into this group and they are correct. These are known as midcaps, intercaps, mixed case, WikiName, or whatever you've heard. Programmers use intercaps frequently especially since they avoid using spaces in database and file names.

Just remember that company names that utilize the mixed cases are written in the same manner as their owners identify them. However, if a name that has five or more capital letters, then it can be written with just the first letter capitalized.

If you've run into a hacker Web site or a teen chat room, you've seen the ultimate oVERdoInG oF inTErCApS and it is just plain ugly and difficult to read.

http://info.astrian.net/jargon/ http://dymaxion.tensegrity.net/FrontPage

>This is Giving Me a Headache, I Need Some Java

You've seen it as java, JAVA, and Java. Now, which is it? It is not JAVA since it not an abbreviation nor acronym. All programming languages are capitalized including C, Perl, and Pascal. Therefore, it is Java.

>O Romeo, O Romeo - No PDA in this Play

Shakespeare was known for writing very few romantic scenes because all of his actors were men for both the male and female roles. So, you rarely see his characters showing PDA, or public displays of affection. You were thinking personal digital assistant, weren't you? PDA has become very commonplace since the PalmPilot stormed the industry. But, I have to agree with the experts out there that we should not use PDA since before CE (computer era) it was love lingo.

Instead, use palmtop, handheld, or refer to the hardware by its brand name.

>Mind Your Ps and Qs and FAQs

One of my pet peeves is when I see "FAQ's" with the apostrophe. I didn't know Mr. FAQ had his own personal belongings. Actually, it's not true and it should be "FAQs" to indicate more than one. It's weird looking especially when you do "Dos and Don'ts" since you think DOS as in the operating system. I just read an article that stated, "This is used with very small PDA's." I am sure this is a reference to more than one palmtop; so in this case, think Romeo and use "palmtops" or "handheld devices."

And after all this, 3Com, the makers of the PalmPilot, recently has started using the world "palmpowered." Oy, here we go again...

Bibliography: Hale, Constance, and Jessie Scanlon, Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age. New York: Advanced Magazine Publishers. 1999.

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About the author:

Meryl Kaplan Evans has been hanging out on the Web since 1993 and is still kicking herself for not making the most of her hobby especially when she created her first Web page in that same year. Meryl, two syllables like Cheryl and not one like Merle, currently writes for The Dallas Morning News, is a technical assistant at NYU, develops and maintains various Web sites for nonprofit organizations, is the co-editor of a monthly nonprofit organization's newsletter, and has a part-time job as an analyst with a telecommunications company until something comes along in the Web design world. She can be reached at meryl@onramp.net

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. NET NEWS: Is drkoop.com Out of Sick Bay for Good?, Palm, VeriFone Team Up On Wireless Payment System, Killer Worm Found "In the Wild" on Internet, Techies' Homes Are Their Castles

>Is drkoop.com Out of Sick Bay for Good?

For a business that seemed to be on its deathbed in August, drkoop.com Inc. showed signs of making a full recovery Thursday by scooping up community site drDrew.com for about $1.4 million in stock and cash. http://www.internetnews.com/ec-news/article/0,,4_501891,00.html InternetNews.com, 001102

>Palm, VeriFone Team Up On Wireless Payment System

The VeriFone division of Hewlett-Packard and handheld-device maker Palm have signed a deal to develop wireless payment technology for handheld computers, with an eye toward tapping into the growing wireless commerce market. http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1006-200-3364165.html CNet.com, 001102

>Killer Worm Found "In the Wild" on Internet

Kaspersky Lab is warning users of the discovery of a new Internet worm: Sonic. The distinctive feature of this malicious program is its ability to update itself via the Internet. http://www.internetnews.com/wd-news/article/0,,10_499271,00.html InternetNews.com, 001031

>Techies' Homes Are Their Castles

A new survey by Techies.com, that polled 1,000 tech professionals showed that techies want their companies to spring for membership to local spas or health clubs. A free car and wireless phone rounded out the survey's top five perks. At the bottom of the list were game rooms and free haircuts. http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-3350048.html CNet.com, 001101


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