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Ric Flair
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Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?




Colonel Hapablap
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
otherwise our handwriting is illegible.


Slagathor
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
i do and i'm not an engineer... but i've always heard architects do as well...

i just think it's more legible.


Longbaugh
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
Because if they wrote illegibly they'd be doctors.


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CaptainsWafer
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
Thats how I write, and I'm not an engineer either.


indytiger
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
Thats proper engineering script, so that everyone who looks at it can read it.


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Cdawg
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
<----landscape architect. That's the way we're taught.


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Kajungee
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?


Because cursive was a 3rd grade course, they didn't make that far.


WikiTiger
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
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Thats how I write, and I'm not an engineer either.


I do it quite often too. Seems like a lot of people have totally eschewed cursive in adulthood.

Side question: Should cursive even be taught anymore? I vote for no.


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The Sad Banana
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
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Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
Because we're robots.


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CWS91
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
back in the days before computers everything was lettered by hand and it just carries over.

and don't hate cause you struggle with the math to balance your checkbook


The Sad Banana
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
If you were my derivative, could I lie tangent to your curves?


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just me
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
I do it strictly for legability.

If I write neatly, my secretary doesn't get pissed, and I get to see more leg.




I'm an attorney, and I do it. Of course, I was an EE undergrad at LSU.


Wormburner
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
Back in the day when we had to actually draw with a pencil that was the proper form. So thats all us old farts know.


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Lsuhoohoo
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
My dad is an engineer and doesn't write like this but he has the neatest handwriting ever so I guess he doesn't have to.


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Dallas Tiger
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects and Draftsman all use single stroke lettering. Historically, when we had to hand draft everything, we used a straight edge (triangle usually) and T-square to draw the single stroke lines that make up a letter; we didn't just "freehand" them. It is easier to use all caps when doing this. Even though we use Cad now, Capital letters are so ingrained in the profession that no one uses small caps.


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lsu_tiger_az
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
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I was an EE undergrad at LSU.


Eclectic Electives?



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Corkfather
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re: Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?
I write like that when filling out forms and whatnot. Pretty much just because I'm awesome.
This post was edited on 9/19 at 12:45 pm


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Geauxtigrs04
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Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters?


I was a computer draftsman, and before I got to the computer course we had to do everything by hand. This is the way I was taught. It's just more legible.


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Soda Popinski
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Why do engineers write in small, all capital letters


Single Stroke, Uppercase, Vertical Gothic Lettering. Like the guys above said - the way it is taught.


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