Internet, Web, and Other E-Issues

Q. The CMOS standard is to paginate front matter with lowercase roman numerals, and then use arabic numerals in the text and back matter. This causes a problem when I publish an electronic book in PDF format. PDF numbers the book sequentially, ignoring the different numbering of the front matter. Reading between the lines in CMOS 16, I have come to believe that numbering the front matter separately is a historical artifact. When the text was written first, followed by the front and back matter, and all were done mechanically, one could not number everything sequentially from the title page. In these electronic times, though, sequential numbering takes seconds, literally. Why then use a separate numbering scheme for front matter?

Q. In your bibliography, do you type in your websites so they will be “active”?

Q. What is the plural of e-mail when it’s used as a noun? Is it e-mail or e-mails? There’s been a bit of controversy over this as a lot of people say “e-mails” but the plural form of mail, when used as a noun, is mail. Then, there’s e-mailings. Thanks!

Q. Here’s an Internet term I can’t find in Merriam-Webster: “popup” (or pop up, or pop-up), as in those annoying ads you get on many web pages. Is it one word, hyphenated, or with a space? (“Pop-up” is in MW, but as a baseball term for “pop fly,” ca. 1906—hardly up-to-date for the web!)

Q. When publishing a web address in a print publication, do you recommend underlining it (as it would appear on the web), bolding it, or doing nothing? Is one way better than another when the web address is at the end of the sentence (thus, followed by a period)? Example: For more information, visit