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All Capital Letters Not Helpful
February 28, 2012

Even though email has existed for many years now, I still receive from time to time submissions that are typed in all capital letters.

Early on, those on the Internet would reply to these with “Why are you shouting?”

I won’t do that, but all capital letters do pose a problem.

What I will do if the submissions are intended for letters to the editor, I will retype the ones that are a sentence or two in length.

The very long ones I simply delete. There is not enough time in the day to retype submissions of this kind.

On the other side of the coin, I occasionally get submissions that are in all lower case letters.

These are much easier to fix and usually make it into Numismatic News.

I do not expect every submission to look like it came from an English teacher. There is a certain amount of editing that I am happy to give anyone, but deadlines do limit this attention.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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