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Subject: FW: PNSWSH: Public Information Statement
From: "Todd L. Sherman / KB4MHH" <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:14:52 -0400
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I realize that others might like the all-caps of NWS bulletins because it's
like an "identification" and something that sets them apart.  However, as a
sysop, I can tell you that the all-caps sometimes get in the way of
bulletins being delivered to some listgroups.  Some servers have anti-spam
measures in place and one of the things they look for are "signatures" to
spam such as all-caps, which most ALL NWS bulletins are made of.  Sometimes
a bulletin won't get through to a listgroup or something because they got
caught in the anti-spam "net".  The elimination of all-caps (in the form of
the *entire bulletin* being composed of that) WOULD tend to stop that from
happening.

Really, I think they should do this for ALL bulletins, not just some select
ones.  But maybe that's coming.

Todd

NOUS41 KWBC 261256
PNSWSH

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT, COMMENT REQUEST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
855 AM EDT FRI AUG 26 2011

TO:        SUBSCRIBERS:
           -FAMILY OF SERVICES
           -NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE
           -EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK
           -NOAAPORT
           OTHER NWS PARTNERS AND NWS EMPLOYEES

FROM:      CINDY WOODS
           CHIEF, OPERATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS DIVISION
           CHIEF, PERFORMANCE AND AWARENESS DIVISION

SUBJECT:   USE OF MIXED CASE LETTERS IN AREA FORECAST
           DISCUSSION, REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY AND LOCAL
           PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT PRODUCTS AT SELECT
           WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES EFFECTIVE ON OR ABOUT
           OCTOBER 4 2011

EFFECTIVE ON OR ABOUT TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011, SELECT NWS
WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES (WFOS) WILL BEGIN ISSUING AREA FORECAST
DISCUSSION (AFD), REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY (RWS) AND LOCAL
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT (PNS) PRODUCTS USING UPPER AND
LOWERCASE ALPHABETIC LETTERS AND AN EXPANDED PUNCTUATION AND
CHARACTER SET (TABLE 1). THIS CHANGE IS BASED ON REQUESTS FROM
MANY NWS PARTNERS AND USERS.  THE NWS FIRST BEGAN SEEKING
COMMENTS REGARDING MIXED CASE TEXT PRODUCTS IN MAY 2010:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIFICATION/PNS10MIXED_CASE.TXT

AS PART OF A RISK-REDUCTION EFFORT USING A NATIONAL, NON-
OPERATIONAL PRODUCT, NWS HAS BEEN ISSUING NATIONAL PNS PRODUCTS
USING MIXED CASE LETTERS AND THE EXPANDED PUNCTUATION/CHARACTER
SET SINCE AUGUST 2010:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIFICATION/SCN10-28MIXED_CASE.TXT

NWS PARTNERS AND USERS OF THESE WFO TEXT PRODUCTS ARE ENCOURAGED
TO COMMENT REGARDING THIS NEXT STEP IN THE RISK REDUCTION
EFFORT.  USER FEEDBACK WILL HELP THE NWS BETTER PLAN THE
EVENTUAL TRANSITION OF ALL NWS TEXT PRODUCTS TO MIXED CASE AND
THE EXPANDED CHARACTER SET. PLEASE PROVIDE COMMENTS BY SEPTEMBER
19, 2011, AT:

 HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SURVEY/NWS-SURVEY.PHP?CODE=MIXED-CASE

USE OF MIXED CASE LETTERS IN TEXT PRODUCTS WILL MAKE THEM EASIER
TO READ AND ALLOW USERS TO CLICK ON INTERNET LINKS DIRECTLY
RATHER THAN CONVERTING THEM TO LOWERCASE OR MIXED CASE.
ADDITIONAL PUNCTUATION AND OTHER CHARACTERS THAT ARE PART OF THE
INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE ALPHABET NO. 5 WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED AS
APPROPRIATE.

TABLE 1:  ALLOWED MIXED CASE CHARACTER SET
"SPACE" ! " # $ % &  ( ) * + , - . /
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ?
@ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O
P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [ \ ] ^ _
` A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O
P Q R S T U V W X Y Z { | } ~


TABLE 2:  PARTICIPATING WFOS

KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL, MO - EAX
LOUISVILLE, KY -LMK
SPOKANE, WA - OTX
TALLAHASSEE, FL - TAE

TABLE 3:  AFFECTED PRODUCTS

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION (AFD)
WMO HEADER        AWIPS ID
FXUS63 KEAX       AFDEAX
FXUS63 KLMK       AFDLMK
FXUS66 KOTX       AFDOTX
FXUS62 KTAE       AFDTAE

REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY (RWS)
WMO HEADER        AWIPS ID
AWUS83 KEAX       RWSEAX
AWUS83 KLMK       RWSLMK

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT (PNS)
WMO HEADER        AWIPS ID
NOUS43 KEAX       PNSEAX
NOUS43 KLMK       PNSLMK
NOUS46 KOTX       PNSOTX
NOUS42 KTAE       PNSTAE

IF THIS NEXT PHASE OF OUR RISK REDUCTION EFFORT IS IMPLEMENTED,
PARTNERS AND USERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER IDENTIFY
AND CORRECT ANY ANOMALOUS BEHAVIOR OF THEIR SYSTEMS AND THEIR
CUSTOMERS SYSTEMS THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY MIXED CASE AND THE
EXPANDED PUNCTUATION/CHARACTER SET IN THESE WFO TEXT PRODUCTS.

THESE PRODUCTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED USING MIXED CASE
LETTERS UNTIL EACH PARTICIPATING WFO TRANSITIONS FROM AWIPS I TO
AWIPS II.  MIXED CASE LETTERS AND THE EXPANDED PUNCTUATION/
CHARACTER SET FOR TEXT PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE SUPPORTED IN THE
INITIAL AWIPS II SOFTWARE BUILD. THE NWS IS WORKING TO MINIMIZE
THE IMPACT OF THIS TRANSITION ON NWS USERS AND WILL ISSUE
ADDITIONAL NOTICES AND STATEMENTS AS UPDATED USER INFORMATION IS
AVAILABLE.  PARTNERS AND USERS SHOULD BE AWARE THESE PRODUCTS
MAY REVERT BACK TO USING ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS AT THE END OF
THIS PHASE OF THE RISK REDUCTION EFFORT.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT:

HERB WHITE
NWS DISSEMINATION SERVICES MANAGER
SILVER SPRING, MD, 20910
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301-713-0090 EXT 146

NATIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION NOTICES ARE ONLINE AT:

  HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIF.HTM

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