I've been battling with the correct capitalization for the term Tablet PC. In addition to this site, the main character in my novel carries a tablet pc with him on occassion. Microsoft, who coined the term, uses the capitalized version: Tablet PC. Okay, they built the OS and fostered the hardware, so I guess they have a right to make that decision, but making it a proper noun seems incorrect. We don't capitalize desktop, laptop, or notebook, so why should we capitalize Tablet PC? Wouldn't tablet pc be more correct? Or perhaps, the even more gramatically correct yet unbalanced tablet PC? Was this a marketing decision? Does capitalizing it somehow make it sound more important? Special? Worthy?
I dunno. But it's bugging me, because in my writing I have yet to settle on a standard. I've been know to use multiple capitalizations in a single doc and that's just gotta stop. Today. Now. As much as I hate issuing personal edicts (I live in a gray world), I'm going to make one now. For all the world to see. To hold me to. To demand of me.
So here goes...from now on, I shall call it a tablet PC.
Damn, that was hard.
Creative Writing on a Tablet PC
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