June 13, 2013

U.S. Navy Abandons ALL CAPS

World War 2 teletype
The U.S. Navy has abandoned the practice of typing messages in all caps, a tradition that goes back to older technology in the early 19th century.

The practice is probably pretty out of date, given that young sailors are texting, using social media, and, well, working far beyond the teletype technology that began the all caps requirement.

In addition, typographers maintain that text in all caps is harder to read. People tend to recognize whole words, along with letters' ascenders and descenders, as opposed to reading every letter.

Check out the story at:
the Wall Street Journal.
- CNN.
- PC Magazine.

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