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    SitePoint Zealot Jppr's Avatar
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    Hi,

    I was wondering what is the correct spelling:

    website, web site or web-site
    webdesign, web design or web-design

    I'm asking this because my spelling correcter suggests both web site and web-site.

    What is the general rule for a composition of two words?

    Thanks,
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    I usually use Web site.

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    If you think about it, "website" and "Web site" sound differently. There is a pause between "Web" and "site" if you say "Web site" while there is not one in "website". The same is true for E-Mail and email.

    Personally, I use "website" and "email". I used to use "E-Mail", but reaching for that hyphen often slowed me down, and gave me more errors than not using it, so I stopped using it.

    Whatever you use, it is important to be consistant. I noticed that the people at SitePoint use "Web site". All the writers on my site use "website".

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    I write it "website" and "web design" "webdesign" sounds to cluttered, IMHO

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    I use website, but I think it is a personal thing.

    As long as you don't do WebSite.

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    Originally posted by Sparkie
    I write it "website" and "web design" "webdesign" sounds to cluttered, IMHO
    I'm with Sparkie on this one

    Exceptions occur, though, when you're typing very fast (averaging 200-250 characters/minute). Then you'll even type web design as one word.
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    So, to resume:

    "website"
    but
    "web design"

    What about sitemap, site-map, site map ?

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    website web design email

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    website web design email
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    Web Site - Web Design - E-mail - Site Map

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    The 'Web' is a proper noun and should always be capitalized. Not that I'm an English major or something, but he did ask for the correct way.
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    - Website

    - Web Design

    - Sitemap

    - Email and E-Mail

    It's just a personal thing...

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    Originally posted by westmich
    The 'Web' is a proper noun and should always be capitalized. Not that I'm an English major or something, but he did ask for the correct way.
    Same goes for "Internet".

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    Dictionary.com

    email /ee'mayl/ (also written `e-mail' and `E-mail') 1. n. Electronic mail automatically passed through computer networks and/or via modems over common-carrier lines. Contrast snail-mail, paper-net, voice-net. See network address. 2. vt. To send electronic mail.

    Oddly enough, the word `emailed' is actually listed in the OED; it means "embossed (with a raised pattern) or perh. arranged in a net or open work". A use from 1480 is given. The word is probably derived from French `e'maille'' (enameled) and related to Old French `emmailleu"re' (network). A French correspondent tells us that in modern French, `email' is a hard enamel obtained by heating special paints in a furnace; an `emailleur' (no final e) is a craftsman who makes email (he generally paints some objects (like, say, jewelry) and cooks them in a furnace).

    There are numerous spelling variants of this word. In Internet traffic up to 1995, `email' predominates, `e-mail' runs a not-too-distant second, and `E-mail' and `Email' are a distant third and fourth.

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    Also note that dictionary.com has no listings for 'website' or 'web-site', nor 'webdesign' or 'web-design'.
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    I say:

    Website
    Email
    Sitemap
    Webdesign or Web Deiign, cant remember...

    Its preference...just be consistent!

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    I always prefer 'sitemap'.

    I think that it's ok to use all kind of variations, as long as it's not on the same page/site and it's understandable
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    I just stick to email, sitemap, website etc. But stuff like Web Design always must have a space

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    After reading your posts (and there were a lot, acutally) I think I'm going for

    website
    web design
    sitemap
    e-mail

    Thomas

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    But to be correct it should be Website? Or does Web also needs a space, because it's a proper noun? (Web site)

    T.

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    I would have thought that if you have 'website' (forget capitals for a minute) then you would also have to have 'webpage', not 'web page'. Also, if it was 'website', then when talking about a site you would say 'site, with an apostrophe, like 'til.
    So to me it's web site if it is to make sense, IMHO, but it doesn't have to make sense as long as everyone says the same thing.

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    web site
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    I personnally favour e-mail above email, because in my language (= Dutch, I'm from Belgium) email kind of means the same thing as porcelein (china). And that's definitely not it!

    T

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    I use:

    web site
    e-mail
    web design

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    Originally posted by Polymath
    I would have thought that if you have 'website' (forget capitals for a minute) then you would also have to have 'webpage', not 'web page'. Also, if it was 'website', then when talking about a site you would say 'site, with an apostrophe, like 'til.
    So to me it's web site if it is to make sense, IMHO, but it doesn't have to make sense as long as everyone says the same thing.
    That would make sense, but I don't think anyone says site with the apostraphe before the "s".


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