This is undoubtedly the sort of thing that editors like myself put far too much thought into, while readers don’t give even a moment’s notice. Nevertheless, I feel that it’s worth mentioning that we’ll be changing the way we spell “3D” around here from now on.
Up until now, I’ve clung to spelling “3-D” with a hyphen, using the logic that it’s a contraction or acronym for “three-dimensional.” Both Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster spell the term as “3-D,” and have no listings for the alternate “3D.” Consequently, I’ve forced that spelling onto the other writers here at the Bonus View blog.
Nonetheless, the “3-D” spelling appears to be on the decline, while “3D” is rising fast. The official trademarked name for the Blu-ray 3D format has no hyphen, and most manufacturers of home theater equipment spell the term without any hyphen as well. Since Blu-ray and home theater are the topics we cover here, it seems fruitless to continue being stubborn on the subject. I’m just going to give in and spell it “3D” like everyone else in the industry.
This will probably make no difference at all to any of our readers, but I felt that I should point it out in case anyone happened to notice.