A sample from our log files this week showed that our AP customers wrote Obamacare (54.5%) compared to ObamaCare (45.5%). Both forms appeared in the same journals, by the same users … prompting us to ask what Tansa should suggest when there are no official guidelines? Looking further on the Internet you will also see Obama-Care and Obama Care.
When there is an official (or trademarked) name, like WikiLeaks, we follow the convention used by the group themselves, on their own site … although Wikileaks (note lowercase ”l”) was still registered in our logs about 1% of the time by the same AP users in the same time period.
This type of name presents a genuine dilemma for us. Therefore any decision is somewhat arbitrary and requires some thought regarding consistency and logic. Based on readability and analogy (for example, with WikiLeaks), your next update will contain ObamaCare as Tansa’s first choice.
If you disagree, we strongly suggest that you actively enter your specific preference in your Auxiliary Dictionary as soon as possible. And don’t forget to add search-replace strings. Or if you prefer, you can always send us your preference and we will enter the correct string, and associated search-replace strings, in your Primary Dictionary. And don’t worry, if you have already entered a different form in your Auxiliary Dictionary, the update will not override it.
So the question is – how do you want to spell Obama’s health initiative?
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