I hate all-caps too, although it has nothing to do with shouting or ranting. I see far far more messages where all-caps are used out of laziness than passion.
What makes it so annoying is simply the fact that it greatly slows down the speed at which you can read. A great part of what contributes to speed-reading is recognizing not the words per se, but the shapes of the words. Take the word HILLBILLY. It's like looking at a white picket fence, with all those tall vertical lines. It takes a lot longer to recognize the word written in upper-case than it does in lower-case - hillbilly - where the mind utilizes the visual cues - short letters, tall letters, dots, tails - to (greatly) speed the process of recognizing the word.
My wife is a non-native speaker of English. For that matter, our alphabet is not native to her, either. When she watches a movie on TV she needs to have closed-captioning on. But she refuses to watch any movie with captions all in upper-case. She just can't keep up with the dialogue.
Well, here I am, a newbie to the group, and my first post isn't even about comics. I've enjoyed the few threads I have read so far. Looking forward to m ore.
--- In DC_Comics_Uncensored@yahoogroups.com, "Atomtetsuwan2002" <jmrmpd@...> wrote:
> Say, "John", how's about trying that again and not using all capitals?
> You sound like you're shouting, or ranting.
> Jonathan Michael Reiter