[TUHS] Fwd: Curious Question from the Ether about use of Upper and Lower case at DEC
krewat at kilonet.net
Sat Oct 12 10:23:04 AEST 2019
While BAH was more involved in PDP-10 stuff, I wonder what her take is
On 10/11/2019 8:04 PM, Clem cole wrote:
> FYI. I sent this to one of the lead DOC people from the old days to
> see if she knew. Here is her answer.
> Begin forwarded message:
>> *From:* "Janet Egan"
>> *Date:* October 11, 2019 at 7:53:16 PM EDT
>> *To:* "'Clem Cole'"
>> *Subject:* *RE: Curious Question from the Ether about use of Upper
>> and Lower case at DEC*
>> Hi Clem,
>> Hmm, I don’t remember whether the style guide addressed that. In the
>> docs for RSX-11M and such I always wrote it “PDP-11”, that is upper
>> case with the dash. I do remember the logo on the machine as always
>> lower case with no dash. The PDP-8 had the same style logo. And
>> you’re right about seeing the lower case on the cover of the
>> handbooks. I have never seen the lower case with the dash or the
>> upper case without it. I don’t think I still have my copy of the
>> style guide. Maybe I’ll take a look around my archives for it.
>> What a fun question to be thinking about .
>> *From:*Clem Cole
>> *Sent:* Friday, October 11, 2019 9:47 AM
>> *To:* Janet Egan
>> *Subject:* Curious Question from the Ether about use of Upper and
>> Lower case at DEC
>> I'm part of The Unix Historical Society (TUHS) mailing list and a
>> topic came up that I thought you might be able to shed some
>> light on. The observation was that 'DEC seemed to have a
>> schizophrenic attitude to wrt to use of upper and lower case WRT to
>> the PDP-11 brand,' i.e. sometimes using "PDP-11" and sometimes
>> "pdp11" (but I note rarely if ever PDP11 or pdp-11) . For instance,
>> the logo on the system itself was all lower: PDP-11/40
>> <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ee/Pdp-11-40.jpg/250px-Pdp-11-40.jpg> but
>> DEC documentation mostly used uppercase in the text; but when used on
>> the places like the cover could be either /e.g. /the
>> "pdp11 peripherals handbook" to transcribe the cover exactly but it
>> uses upper case "PDP-11" several times on pg 1-1 and the same on the
>> binding. But I could not find examples of pdp-11 or PDP11, /i.e./ if
>> all lower it was with the dash or all upper without.
>> Do you remember if there were rules or guidelines and if so what they
>> might have been?
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