Caps Lock Day

Caps Lock Day

Caps Lock Day 2021: What The Day Is All About And How It Came To Be Celebrated

What is Caps Lock? It is just a button on a computer keyboard that when activated results in all letters of Cyrillic and Latin based scripts emerging in capital letters. The only way you can revert to the normal small letters or lowercase is by pressing the button again.

Some people can be excused if they type in Caps Lock, as it is not so easy to see if it is turned off or on, but most keyboards that are new do come with an indicator which lights up when the Caps Lock button is pressed. 

We all, at one point of time, must have encountered that one irritating individual who thinks that using caps lock will get the point across better and not frustrate the receiver of the text. Some do it deliberately to annoy a person, while others try to show their anger by sending an all ‘CAPS’ text.

Tired with the way people used the Caps Lock, June 28 was marked as Caps Lock Day. Also Read – National Doctor’s Day 2020: History And Significance of The Day in India

What is Caps Lock? It is just a button on a computer keyboard that when activated results in all letters of Cyrillic and Latin based scripts emerging in capital letters.

The only way you can revert to the normal small letters or lowercase is by pressing the button again. Some people can be excused if they type in Caps Lock, as it is not so easy to see if it is turned off or on, but most keyboards that are new do come with an indicator which lights up when the Caps Lock button is pressed. 

History of Caps Lock Day:

The establishment of Caps Lock Day came about in the year 2000 when a resident of Iowa, Derek Arnold, decided that he has had enough of people using all caps to express themselves on the web.

Significance of Caps Lock Day:

Derek Arnold created Caps Lock Day with the idea to poke fun at people who often use this kind of typing style. But it is also an appropriate day to make people aware of how irritating they can be when they type in caps, and also when caps should be used.

How to Celebrate Caps Lock Day:

Well for starters you could just remember not to use caps lock unnecessarily yourself, and you could also educate your friends and family members about why it is not appropriate to use Caps Lock when communicating.

An extra bit of information – there are two Caps Lock Day. One is celebrated on June 28 and the other on October 22.

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Why International Caps Lock Day is a Thing

Yes, Caps Lock Day is “a thing”. But it’s not to encourage you to usecaps lock – oh no! It’s quite the opposite.

Have you ever DESPAIRED at someone’s rampant upper-casing? Does even the thought of printing your name in BLOCK CAPITALS make you shudder? Perhaps you’re the culprit and just can’t understand why everyone has stopped replying to your texts. Well, it’s not such a long story, but it’s a good one. Actually, it’s two.

International Caps Lock Day #1

The first day named after that infamous computer key was spawned in the year 2000. A man named Derek Arnold in Iowa had simply had enough of excessive capitalisation and set about trying to remedy the issue. You may think that someone who would do such a thing takes everything too seriously, but Arnold’s approach suggests otherwise. Indeed, his solution was simply to rouse the troops one day a year and get everyone to START TYPING IN ALL CAPS, even devoting a Twitter account to mocking their usage with his yelling. The idea is that exaggerating in this way will show capitalisation culprits the error of their ways.

International Caps Lock Day #2

Another day, another capital. The other International Caps Lock Day is instead in June and is more celebratory than derisory, devoted instead to royalty – of sorts. Billy Mays aka the “Infomercial King” was famous for speaking in capitals. In other words, he shouted into a camera about the products he promoted. He died in 2009 and this “holiday” was set up to honour him and his CHARACTERISTIC way of speaking in type.

When is it OK to use all caps?

There are theories that capitalised text is actually more legible than lower-case type, while some argue that isn’t the case (pun intended) because we tend to recognise an individual word as a whole (lower case provides more distinctive shapes), rather than by each of its letters. Research conducted in 2007 confirmed the former hypothesis, although admitted that font and size of text plays a significant role and that lower case looks nicer.

Of course, that means that for warning labels and emergencies, upper case is the better option, while all-caps-based fonts can fulfil the “more aesthetically pleasing” feature of lower case (Take a look at this example).

Then, when you need to display utter despair, who can blame you for caps locking? SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A RELEASE.

On a serious note, when trying to decide on the case to use for your company name, we’re dealing with a design issue, not a bureaucratic one.

It’s about the impression you want to give and your overall strategy, and caps locks can give a company a more serious and formal appearance.

And to give this slightly ludicrous day another serious spin (APOLOGIES to its ironical founder), how to express the many tones, voices and subtexts of human language through typed text is rather more important now that we communicate with each other so frequently via text.

This is why emojis stepped in to save the day, but that’s a whole other issue to be dealt with separately.

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INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY

EVERYBODY IS TO PUT THE CAPS LOCK ON BEFORE TYPING ON INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, A DAY THOUGHT UP BY DEREK ARNOLD OF IOWA IN 2000.

HE STARTED THE DAY AS A PARODY, TO TAKE A JAB AT THOSE WHO WRITE IN CAPS WHEN IT IS NOT NECESSARY. WRITING IN ALL CAPS IS OFTEN USED TO INDICATE THAT THE PERSON TYPING IS SHOUTING, AND ITS USE IS OFTEN SEEN AS BEING RUDE OR ANNOYING.

BEING THAT CAPS LETTERS ARE ALL THE SAME HEIGHT, THEY ARE HARDER TO READ THAN LOWER CASE LETTERS.

THIS GIVES ONE INDICATION OF WHY THEY MAY BE SEEN AS BEING ANNOYING. THE DAY WAS ORIGINALLY JUST CELEBRATED ON OCTOBER 22, BUT AFTER “INFOMERCIAL KING” BILLY MAYS PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 28 IN 2009, THE DAY BEGAN BEING CELEBRATED ON THAT DATE AS WELL.

THIS IS BECAUSE THE CAPS LOCK KEY STARTED BEING CALLED THE BILLY MAYS KEY BECAUSE BILLY MAYS SEEMED LIKE HE WAS ALWAYS YELLING WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT A PRODUCT.

Consoles HAVE NOT ALWAYS HAD A CAPS LOCK KEY. UPPER AND LOWER CASE LETTERS WERE ADDED TO THE REMINGTON NO.2 TYPEWRITER IN 1878.

A SHIFT KEY WAS ALSO ADDED, WHICH HAD TO BE PRESSED DOWN TO SWITCH BETWEEN THE CASES. THE SHIFT LOCK, INTRODUCED IN 1914 ON THE REMINGTON JUNIOR TYPEWRITER, MADE IT EASIER TO TYPE MULTIPLE CAPITAL LETTERS AT A TIME. THE FIRST COMPUTER WITH A CAPS LOCK KEY WAS THE XEROX ALTO, RELEASED IN 1973.

IBM INTRODUCED THE MODEL M KEYBOARD IN 1984; IT STANDARDIZED MANY KEYS, INCLUDING THE CAPS LOCK KEY. MOST KEYBOARDS STILL USE THIS LAYOUT, AND ALMOST ALL KEYBOARDS HAVE CAPS LOCK KEYS.

How to Observe

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY BY PUTTING THE CAPS LOCK ON AND LEAVING IT ON ALL DAY. SEND TEXT MESSAGES AND EMAILS IN ALL CAPS.

IF YOU HAVE MORE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS YOU NEED TO WRITE TODAY, YOU’LL JUST HAVE TO TYPE THEM IN ALL CAPS AS WELL. BESIDES ANNOYING MANY PEOPLE, YOU MAY RUN INTO OTHER PROBLEMS AS WELL.

FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU HAVE PASSWORDS IN WHICH LETTERS ARE NOT ALL CAPITALIZED, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO LOG INTO SOME OF YOUR ACCOUNTS.

THIS IS A SACRIFICE YOU HAVE TO MAKE ON INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT TAKING OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.

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We’ve all seen it, that one moron who doesn’t seem to know how to turn off the Caps Lock button, or worse, people who deliberately do it somehow feeling it gets their point across better.

In one particular case, there was even a person who felt that Caps Lock made their RESUME look more professional. What in the world are we to do with people like this? How about we just campaign to remove the Caps Lock Button?

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Learn about Caps Lock Day

Caps Lock simply refers to the button on a computer keyboard that results in all letters of Cyrillic and Latin based scripts being generated in capital letters. If you hit the key again, the action is reversed, and everything is then typed in lowercase. A lot of keyboards today have a light on the Caps Lock button, so you know when it is switched on and off. However, there are a lot of older models that keep you honest, as the key does not have any indication as to whether it is on Caps or not. 

A lot of us have been there: you don’t realize you have had the Caps Lock button switched on, and you send someone a message in capital letters entirely. If you are like us, you will probably then follow up with a message such as “oops, sorry, I didn’t mean to shout.” 

There are some people, though, who like to use Caps Lock to get their point across. It can then cause the recipient of the message to get a little bit frustrated. It’s like being shouted at through a phone, isn’t it? Well, Caps Lock Day is a day of bliss for all of your folk out there who hate people who overuse the Caps Lock button. It’s time for a bit of visual peace and serenity! 

If you are someone who likes to go a bit OTT with the Caps Lock button, that’s fine, but expect to be picked up on this on Caps Lock Day. Maybe it is time to turn the Caps Lock off and save everyone a visual headache for one day?

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History of Caps Lock Day

Caps Lock Day first came to pass in the year 2000, when Derek Arnold of Iowa decided that he, like so many other internet users, had simply had enough of people using all caps to emphasize themselves on the web.

So he created Caps Lock Day in the interest of poking fun at people who use this abomination of a typing style and to finally bring some sanity to the net.

There are some protocols that make it appropriate to post in all Caps, such as when posting as part of a weather monitoring network.

In this rare and perhaps singular case, all caps are how you indicate that something is in fact of importance, and with its collection of acronyms and shorthand makes sure it’s clear.

We can also delve a little bit deeper into the history of this controversial keyboard button.

On mechanical typewriters, the Caps Lock key was first the Shift lock key. One of the earlier innovations in the use of typewriters saw a second character is added to each typebar.

This caused the number of characters that a person was able to type to be doubled with the same number of keys being used.

The second character was located above the first on each typebar’s face, and the Shift key would cause the apparatus in its entirety to move, physically shifting the typebars position relative to the ribbon of inx. Just like in contemporary keyboards for computers today, the shifted position was used to create secondary characters and product capitals. 

The invention of the Shift lock key was for the purpose of maintaining the shift operation indefinitely without continual effort.

The typebars were mechanically locked in a shifted position, resulting in the upper character being typed when any key was pressed. 

This was also supposed to lower finger muscle pain caused by repetitive typing because it could be challenging to hold the shift down for more than two or three consecutive strokes prior to this. 

On mechanical typewriters, you would typically hit both Lock and Shift at the same time. After this, you press shift by itself in order to release the lock. 

How to Celebrate Caps Lock Day

The best way to Celebrate Caps Lock Day is quite simple, don’t use caps lock! Even better, remind your friends on social media, MMO’s, and every other medium you can imagine about the horrid habit that is using Caps Lock in communications.

You can also start an ironic campaign of using CAPS LOCK all day to make a more blatant statement about how this makes other people look.

Send your memes, poke your friends, let them all know that it’s time to embrace proper grammar, and stop looking like a complete half-wit.