August 17, 2009
Everybody Knows You Never Capitalize a Public Good
A note on style! Moments ago, @thatwhichmatter said:
WEBSITE/WEB SITE? Website is one word, lowercase. When used alone, as “the Web,” capitalize. Some use “Web site” so check preferred use.
ThatWhich is right; it’s definitely “website.” But—and please do not award me any pedantry points; I only mention this because I carry a deep, nerdy conviction on the point—it’s always “the web” and (for that matter) “the internet.” No capitalization.
As I explained on Twitter:
“The Web” is like “The Taj Mahal”: distinct & proprietary. “The web” is like “the sky”: diffuse & open. Thus more accurate.
I don’t think there’s a single diffuse natural system that we capitalize: the sky, the ocean, the atmosphere, the planet, and so on. Right? And therefore, to the degree it’s both descriptive and, perhaps, prescriptive too, let’s use “the web.”