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The evolution of words also delivered some insight, informing the eec's decision. "If you
look at how the word 'online' seems to have evolved, you can make a case for our decision
to support this spelling", said Beck. "The word 'online' appears to come from two separate
words, 'on' and 'line'." "We then found that the spelling changed to "on-line" with a hyphen
joining the two words into one." Beck added that, "Today, the word is spelled "online" with
no hyphen, therefore following the same logic, 'electronic mail' evolved to e-mail and should
now be officially spelled email." The Oxford English Dictionary, and many other publishers
are in support of this spelling
Newly coined nonce words of English are often spelled with a hyphen, but the hyphen disappears when the words become widely used. For example, people used to write ``non-zero'' and ``soft-ware'' instead of ``nonzero'' and ``software''; the same trend has occurred for hundreds of other words.
This is how Knuth it explains. The only difference is that he wrote this about 15 years before the EEC...
Should we write, for example, "email is the name for electronic mail...",
or should we write "Email is the ...".
Rules of grammer require that the first word of a sentence has a capital letter.
So what do we do if "email" is to be the first word in a sentence?
Considering that the eec were setting forth a standard here I found it a bit odd that they had no standard HTML announcement. Also I found their use of punctuation a bit inconsistent / lacking at points. ;)
C'mon, does no one else smell the catch of the day?
joined:Dec 10, 2005
If they called themselves "EEC" instead of "eec" they would carry a lot more weight. Of course, I would still refuse to follow them. :)
Both members of the board work for the same company. Shouldn't they have some representitives from some of the larger email providers as well as those that write the servers and clients?
They are both in marketing. No one in the technical side of the e-mail experience, and since they are deciding words, should they have some linguists?
Where is their RFC process?
Screw em! Spell Email using whatever of the acceptable methods that you want, and make fun of these pompass clowns at every opportunity.