I’ve been a stickler for writing “Web site” with a cap W, lowercase s and two words. Because it was right. According to an April 16th twitter post, the AP Stylebook has finally relinquished its hold on this written protocol – and from now on, “website” (one word and a lowercase w) is right.
It was announced at the American Copy Editors Society Conference on Friday afternoon, it was effective yesterday and will be formally listed in the 2010 AP Stylebook, which is due out in a couple months. Tech related Web sites (er, websites) applauded the change, but others, including New York Times technology writer, David Pogue, is not.
According to the new 2010 Stylebook, World Wide Web appears to remain initial caps, but webinar, webcast and webmaster will all change to a lowercase W (er, w).
I’m with David Pogue. While I was an early adopter of email (v. e-mail) and interoffice (v. inter-office), “website” will take some getting used to.