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Re: use of definite articles before names of standards

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 14:02:05 -0500
To: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Cc: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, www-archive@w3.org
Message-Id: <1151002925.23167.111.camel@jebediah>
On Thu, 2006-06-22 at 11:55 -0700, Susan Lesch wrote:
> Sandro Hawke wrote:
> > Some people in my working group seem to want to call our product "the
> > RIF" instead of just "RIF".   
> 

> > Is there a simple and clear reference I can point to for this?
> 
> I think the Chicago Manual of Style Q&A [1] says use "the" but I am not sure.

[snip]

> Maybe Ian can find a better reference:

I don't know of one offhand (and I live in Chicago!).

In practice I almost never hear anyone say: "Our product supports the
XML" or "The RDF Sucks!" Lots of people seem to agree that "the RDF/XML
Syntax Sucks" but they are using RDF as an adjective. :)

I do hear from time to time "The W3C supports free love" but I
personally tend just to say "W3C."

Does this affect a particular decision? 

 _ Ian


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