Mixed-case Font will be the New Standard for Alerts
“IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.”
That’s how a report from the National Weather Service would typically read from Mr. Roger’s neck of the woods. But beginning May 11, the National Weather Service will officially, “…STOP YELLING AT YOU.”
If you use the InformaCast Inbound CAP plugin, you’re probably familiar with the National Weather Service’s affinity for all-caps announcements. According to The Atlantic, while today’s forecasts are typed on computers, the all-caps format ties back to the days when an older infrastructure system used teletype machines that could only transmit in all caps.
Now, after 20 years, the phase-out of the old technology is complete, and when the new system is rolled out on May 11, mixed-case will be the new standard for forecasts. However, all caps will still be used in emergency situations, such as tornadoes.