'Web site' Will Officailly Become 'Website'

Friday, April 16, 2010

AP Stylebook announced that in its 2010 edition "Web site" will now be one word "website". This announcement has met approval and rejection. For many up-and-coming journalist, the change is welcomed due to the much more common use of "website" in the English language.

Many editors believe that the change will cause great confusion and disrupt work in the newsroom. This may be true considering that "Web site" is might not be the only thing being changed in the 2010 Stylebook.

According to Poynter Online, AP Stylebook asked its users via Twitter to recommend any words they felt needed to be changed. A lot of users voted for words with capital letters and hyphens to go lowercase and 86 the hyphens.

It's just a sign of the times.


Meredith Jinks April 18, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

It is interesting to see how passionate journalist are about the change from Web site to website. The change simply reflects new standards. It seems that the transition to website would be relatively smooth, as many already refer to websites as such.

Staci Mead April 19, 2010 at 8:02 AM  

I agree with Meredith, you'd think that this wouldn't be that big of a change. But, in retrospect, is this changing and removing of capitlization and hyphens in other words a reflection on our desire to "textualize" the english language even more. I made that word up... but people, including journalists, are so used to using text and webspeak that perhaps we've forgotten how important respcet is (in the case of capital letters) or appropriate grammer and punctuation usage. Just a thought. Good Article!

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