This is a question that came to mind from another post on this community. Not directly related to the question itself but by circumstance I developed a question.
The question was about the capitalization of elements. Paraphrasing: 'Should it be Sodium or sodium?'
The rule governing this set by the ACS in its IUPAC documentation has changed the rule at least twice. (not sure of all dates)
preceeding 1979 - don't capitalize
1979 - 2004 - capitalize
2004 - present - don't capitalize
Let's assume I wrote a document in 1999 describing the chemical elements of Sodium and Hydrogen, when it is advised to write them capitalized.
Now in the present year 2014, they should be lower-case: sodium and hydrogen.
In a circumstance like this, if we were to technically analyze and scrutinize this document presently, would we say this document is grammatically correct or incorrect? Why? Is there a rule that applies specifically to this technicality?
A document simply isn't out-dated because of old grammatical rules. If the information contained within is still relevant, then certainly, it would be a legitimate source.