Talk:Master production schedule

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uppercase spelling incorrect[edit]

There is no reason to uppercase "master production schedule". Lowercase spelling is widespread and much more common than uppercase in carefully edited texts because MPS is a common noun, not a name (proper noun). See Dictionary of Business and Management 2006 and many, if not most, Google Books results.

inventory is for business —Preceding unsigned comment added by 202.62.85.188 (talk) 08:01, 22 January 2010 (UTC)


Just because some business writers uppercase explanations of acronyms and even uppercase many other common nouns (in fact, often any and all concepts) in blatant disregard of general English usage does not mean we should do the same, especially since this would violate the very explicit guideline on acronyms in MOS, whose purpose is to ensure time is spent on improving WP's content instead of being wasted on unnecessary endless repetitions of the same discussions. According to Wikipedia:Manual of Style#Acronyms and abbreviations, initial capitals should not be used in the full name of an item just because capitals are used in the abbreviation and this is specifically called incorrect if it's not a name (proper noun). --Espoo (talk) 01:20, 1 January 2010 (UTC)

Hmm. I see what you mean, vis-a-vis Google Books. One of those sources on the first page is written by an authority on the subject. My memory appears to have been clouded by my encounter with the BBC staff who felt it was necessary to use lowercase in "NASA" (Nasa).
On the other hand a Manual of Style isn't more important than usability and readability. Capitalizing Master Production Schedule (like bolding each use of Wiki article topics in the article) might be reasonable for those who are learning. Just a reminder from the intro to Websters and the OED, dictionaries, these works are descriptive, not prescriptive. It's not a sin to make the language express what you want it to.
i misassumed that the change to case was more of wiki's fanaticism to remove capital letters from the face of the earth. i see that isn't so in this instance. regards, piano non troppo (talk) 02:33, 1 January 2010 (UTC)