Re: OT: 'SHOUTING' in e-mail
It is a convention that has developed as the internet came into its
popularity. The world is full of conventions, from saying "please" to
not exposing the sole of your shoe to a Saudi Prince unless you want to
insult him, and many others inbetween. However, as we are trying to
communicate to the reader, we have to be cognizant of how our words9and
deeds) are going to be interpreted. We may not like the way something is
treated, but if you want to get your point across, you have to speak in
a language that is understood and carries your meaning with it.
Who decided that using all caps was shouting?
Is there a rule against using all caps on iris-talk?
No, but we do ask people to follow conventional "nettiquette."
All of us should try to be aware that there are those among us who have physical
challenges and be considerate of those conditions.
Saying that the use of all caps is shouting is a bunch of hooey,
Unfortunately, it is convention.
and to deny the use of caps to print handicappedSo does that mean that we all should type in all caps all the time? I
don't think that is reasonable.
people who want to use the computer is just not right.
There are other means that those with disadvantaged vision can deal with
the problem. The creators ot the software programs we use to manage
email (and other programs) have often provided a means for enlarging the
print on the screen, or in the case of Apple Macs, enlarge the
presentation of the entire screen. If this is available, the use of
upper and lower case letters makes the written word much more readable.
Additionally, it makes the majority of email (which most people create
in normal text presentation) readable to those who are disadvantaged.
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