Posted by: Jack Henry | March 30, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Internet and Email

Were you aware that the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style includes new rules about the words internet and email? Internet now starts with a lowercase letter, and email does not have a hyphen.

Congratulations! You Editor’s Corner subscribers are ahead of the curve and are already following these rules. The Chicago Manual of Style has finally caught up with us!

Here are the standards from the JHA Style Guide for Technical Communication and Training.


Guideline Example
Do not capitalize internet when it is used as an adjective or as a common noun. Capitalize Internet when it is used as part of a proper noun, but do not capitalize the internet. Correct:

· Sign in to your internet banking account.

· The default internet browser is Internet Explorer®.

· Access the internet to perform research.


· Sign in to your Internet banking account.

· The default Internet browser is Internet Explorer®.

· Access the Internet to perform research.


Guideline Example
It is not necessary to hyphenate email. Correct: Check your email account regularly.

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