I have a question about editing. When I edit, I am in the habit of capitalizing certain acronyms. Mainly HTML, XML, and CSS. However, I see these un-capitalized so often that I was wondering if they don't need to be capitalized. I personally think it makes the site seem more professional, but I may be wrong about this. Should they be capitalized?

  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/145920/…. Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 15:00
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    YES!!! But, if you're going to do it make sure you fix EVERYTHING that's wrong. Capitalise I and change teh to the etc. Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 15:00
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    Also, please change "java" or "JAVA" to "Java", thanks ;-) Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 15:06
  • @Ben I mainly do it when I'm already editing a post, and if I'm not, I can usually find something else to change. :)
    – CoffeeRain
    Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 15:08

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It's a fairly minor, but completely valid, edit. I'm not sure I'd say go ahead and edit posts just to capitalize these acronyms, but if you're in there editing anyawy, definitely go ahead and fix them.

Correct usage is to capitalize them, but it's not egregious enough to go change all cases (although I've noticed it is sometimes a bit easier to read when they are capitalized correctly, but that might just be due to the post in general looking better after a substansive edit).

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