Writing in caps...

  1. Hello,
    I have a question. My friend wrote me an e-mail and at the end he wrote his name in capital letters (e.g. ANNE JOHNSON). Is that appropriate or not? I am wondering.

    Thank you,
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    It depends. In general netiquette says using all caps means you are shouting at the reader. It really is annoying to look at, don't you think?

    Signing your name in all caps, is fine, I guess. Most people don't anymore than you would sign a letter that way. Heck I never even put more than my first name, if any at the end of an email. If they don't know who I am by looking at the addy before they open it, they shouldn't be reading it. :chuckle
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    So, a person who may have a vision impairment should not type in CAPS? What if that is the only way they can see what they are typing well enough to form a coherent sentence?

    I don't know who started this "typing in CAPS IS SHOUTING", but I think they may have just taken a personal preference and it just exploded.

    Just my 2 cents worth. I personally have more important things to worry about than..."oh my, they typed in CAPS, they must be shouthing at me!!"

  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Visually impaired people usually use a larger font. Typing in all caps isn't easier for them to read, it is at least as hard, because it looks like a line....

    As for who started the netiquette about all caps being shouting, who cares? If you want to shout at someone, this is how. If you don't want to shout, don't use all caps.

    When in Rome, right?

    I guess I'm wondering.... I see people typing in initial caps (Like This As Though Every Word Started A New Sentence Or Was A Proper Noun). What's with that????
  6. by   Katnip
    I aqree, that vision impaired people would tend to use larger fonts, rather than all caps.

    As for who set the standards, most methods of communications have some sort of standards long before we ever came along. Do most people write script or print in all caps? Do most people raise their voices when having a normal conversation?

    Like it or not, typing in all caps is perceived by the majority of people as shouting. In all forms of writing, all caps is used to emphasize things along with bold face, italics, etc., that's probably where it came from. I doubt very much some person took offence and decided that.
  7. by   Energizer Bunny
    All caps is generally annoying and very hard to read. I also agree that someone with a vision impairment would use a larger font.

    As for the OP....I don't understand why they would use all caps to sign their name, but I guess it's okay......don't really know! LOL!