Proposed Changes to the Uppercase Letters in NWS Products

 

 

Many NWS partners and users have identified the need for NWS text products, watch, warning, advisory, statement, forecast, environmental data to be provided in mixed case and to include an expanded punctuation and character set. This change would make text products easier to read and allow users to click on internet links directly rather than converting them to lowercase or mixed case.

 

Beginning May 28 and continuing through September 15, 2010, NWS is seeking user feedback on the proposal to change all NWS text products to include upper and lower case alphabetic characters rather than all uppercase as is presently done.  Additional punctuation and other characters that are part of the international reference alphabet No. 5 would also be permitted.

 

Please see Service Change Notice 10-28 for details on related changes to Public Information Statements. 

The NWS is seeking comments and feedback through September 15, 2010 at:
 http://www.weather.gov/survey/nws-survey.php?code=mixed-case

NWS will keep the survey and comment form open indefinitely to track user issues and comments of this transition. User feedback will help NWS better plan the eventual transition of all NWS text products to mixed case and expanded character set.

 


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