We've had quite a few articles and blog entries this week on Cobol, and we've heard from several readers who think it should be all capitals (COBOL) because it is an acronyn. I asked our copy desk about this 'cause they make up the rules around here. Turns out they have a principle: use all capital letters only with true acronyms, where a true acronym is one where each letter is the first letter of a prinicple word. Since Cobol is a short form of Common Business Oriented Language, Cobol is not a true acronym. CBOL would be. Hence the style guide at CW calls for Cobol.