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It is not just architects who, defying the simplest rule of English orthography, regularly spell their calling with an upper-case A. They go, for some reason, into German mode, where all nouns are capitalised. But they switch back into standard English for 'contractor' which has an emphatic lower-case c. Did I say case or class? Whatever, engineers have now started doing it too.

I was musing my way through the otherwise inoffensive Elliott Wood Partnership site at www.elliottwood. co. uk. For quite a while I was under the impression that they had also established an operation called the Practice. Nothing so interesting, it turned out, when I was brought up short by an upper-case 'Engineer'.

Interestingly 'architect' and 'client' were in lower case.

Make of that what you will.

This is not a site to win graphic design awards but, upper-caseorreah aside, it does the job. The projects section, always the interesting bit, has a list of projects down the left side, an image in the middle and a brief description on the right. The nice feature is that as you glide your cursor down the list the images and descriptions change as you go. Fast is possible - and out there on the web. Tell your web designer.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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