From: Peter Cameron (
Date: Thu Jun 13 2002 - 16:24:56 EDT

on 6/13/02 3:09 PM, Prabhakar Ragde at wrote:
>> ALL CAPS means shouting.
> Surely this is recent convention. Telegrams used to be all caps. So
> did the first computers I used, via teletypes and then dumb terminals.

    Not exactly new. From the chapter on email in the 1993 edition of The
Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog:

    "Use mixed case. Even though some operating systems don't understand
lowercase letters, virtually all modern terminals can generate them. All
uppercase sounds harsh, like shouting. UPPERCASE CAN BE USED FOR EMPHASIS!"


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