Websites or web Sites

Web sites or web pages

This is a computer that hosts a website on the Internet. Search engine: The AP Stylebook changes "Website" to "Website". That may not mean much if you don't write or edit a technical-blog, but the message that the AP - whose stylesheet is still the norm for syntax and punching in the message business - is formally converting the "website" into "website" was warmly welcomed this afternoons in our newroom ( and probably in some others too).

What's right: Website, website or website?

Once we had a swimming pot of how long it would take for the site to be adopted as the default name. Web site is such an ordinary thing that it seems strange that the only word that describes it is written with a hyphen or two words, one capital. Of course, the World Wide Web existed first.

Besides the use of the web, the use of the concept requires an activation, as there is only one. It is also only one World-Wide-Web, and using the word Web as a moniker means that it should also be written in capital letters. Therefore, folks thought the word "website" was the right use. And if you understand websites as delineating a point on the singular Worldwide Web, that would be accurate.

Every day we are busy with many, many websites. No particular need to welcome the link of the website to the World Wide Web every times we make reference to it. From January 2005, Google will ask you if you mean "website" when you enter "website".


Wrongly dressed as RTL! Wrongly dressed as RTL! Wrongly dressed as RTL! Wrongly dressed as RTL! Wrongly dressed as RTL! Wrongly dressed as RTL! Some few editorally konservative publishers still use the two-word website, but this relict of the 90s has been disgraced throughout the English-speaking area.

This monolingual website, which is not written in large letters, is now winning through with an overwhelming majority. What's more, it's now the only website in the world that is not in large letters. However, it is easy to find an exception, especially in US resources, where the site (or the site without the W capital) will appear about once for all six instance of the site. Probably due to the New York Times' impact, which is known to be somewhat technical and therefore somewhat reserved.

Times still uses the website, and many US papers do so. On the other hand, the New York Times is the exceptional case, where the single words are rarely used even in blog posts. Whilst the website is still doing well in the US, it is practically extinct in the UK. Current Google News queries, which are restricted to British publication, find only one authority of the website (or website) for every thousand website authorities.

In Australian and New Zealand the relationship is similar. Canada's proportion is somewhere in the centre - about 20 to one in favour of the one-word formula.

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