Navy all caps messages no longer uniform

[FILE] This image provided by the US Navy shows the launch of an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia Tuesday May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy,Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Horton)
June 14, 2013 8:39:07 AM PDT
The U.S. Navy's all caps messaging system is going away.

Since 1850s, the Navy has used only capitalized letters because the teletype machines it began with had no lowercase keys. And, well, it stuck.

Now, they'll use mixed case letters when they email.

Not only will the aptly named, new NICE system look friendlier to readers, but it'll save the Navy $20 million a year. NICE stands for Navy Interface for Command Email.

The system should be in place by next year.


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