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    Wonders never cease, only took em 163 years.... http://capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=191690435 U.S. Navy Approves Use Of Lowercase Letters ... Share
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      Wonders never cease, only took 'em 163 years....


      U.S. Navy Approves Use Of Lowercase Letters



      *By *Scott Neuman



      Since the early days of Morse code, the Navy and Marines have
      been using all uppercase letters in official fleet communications.

      *Friday, June 14, 2013*

      A recent directive issued by the U.S. Navy was transmitted in the
      customary format, using all uppercase letters. Sailors, it said, are:


      It marks the end of an era for the Navy (and the Marines). Since the
      early days of Morse code, which doesn't distinguish between uppercase
      and lowercase letters, the Navy has been using the all-capital format.
      Then, teletype machines came along in the 1850s, and they "were made up
      of only three rows of keys and did not allow for lowercase letters,"
      according to The Military Times
      which notes:

      "While it might have been necessary to transmit all uppercase messages
      in the past, it's arguably a hindrance today. A typography study from
      the 1950s at the University of Minnesota showed reading speeds slowed by
      about 14 percent when reading all-caps messages over a 20-minute period."

      So, it's faster. But it turns out to be che aper, too. In an age of
      cost-cutting and sequestration:

      "The Navy gains significant cost efficiencies by eliminating the current
      Defense Message System (DMS) infrastructure and simply using the
      existing email infrastructure for final delivery," says James McCarty,
      the naval messaging program manager at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command
      <http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=74740>. "By utilizing
      this methodology we will be able to send messages at 10 percent of the
      cost and size of current systems."

      According to McCarty: "Lowercase messages are here to stay; they provide
      a more readable format, which can be delivered to and shared on any of
      the current Web 3.0 technologies (chat, portals, wikis, blogs, etc.)."

      There's one more reason for the change: Many young sailors were
      apparently uncomfortable with using all uppercas e letters, something
      that is today often interpreted in email and social media as SHOUTING.

      "If an ancillary benefit is that sailors reading message traffic no
      longer feel they're being screamed at ... that is a good thing, too," a
      Navy official told The Wall Street Journal

      But McCarty acknowledges that change might not prove so easy for everyone.

      "Some of the fleets were stuck in their ways and really wanted to keep
      the all caps," he said. "But it was inevitable. It had to happen."
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