Re: the grammar of photographic writers
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ryuji Suzuki" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2007 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: the grammar of photographic writers
From: Richard Knoppow <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: the grammar of photographic writers Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 13:54:58 -0700I think this may be a modern change. I was taught to capitalize the names of both elements and compounds but some practice seems to be not to capitalize the compound names, as in Sodium carbonate. If current practice in chemistry is not to capitalize chemical names that are not trade names I will follow this in the future, its a lot less trouble:-)I don't know of any current authors of chemistry who capitalizes names of an element or compound. I also don't know of those from the past, but to be sure(er) I looked at several authors from 1920s (primarily because I have more specimens from this era that I've seen in the original volume/printing rather than reprints, etc.) Except for in quotations from German language, and specific uses in the index, label, headline, or tabulated formula, I see no sign of a practice to capitalize elements or compounds. That is, in the middle of English sentences, I see no evidence suggesting that capitalizing those was a common practice in 1920s. I have seen non-chemist authors who capitalized elements and compounds from all eras, but examples are very sporadic and I see no suggestion that it was a common practice. Incidentally, my Chicago Manual is about 14 years old (14th ed) but it has the following: 7.119 Generic names of pharmaceuticals should be used so far as possible and given lowercase treatment. Proprietary names (trade names or brands), if used at all, should be capitalized and enclosed within parentheses after the first use of the generic term. 7.121 Names of chemical elements and compounds are lowercased when written out; the chemical symbols, however, are capitalized and set without periods.
FWIW, I looked at the first edition (1942) of Mees and he does not capitalize chemical or compound names except in charts and tables. --- Richard Knoppow Los Angeles, CA, USA email@example.com