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No, you should not. Even Sir Tim Berners-Lee does not:
OED does say "usually with initial capital", and then goes on to say
You are using web users, a compound "in which web is combined with a word occurring independently as a common noun" — and should therefore not have a capital letter.
OED then goes on to list compounds where web appears as an attributive: web access, web address, web design, web designer, web developer, web publisher, web publishing, web surfer, web surfing.
As Kris points out in his comment, the choice between web and Web is purely a matter of personal preference (or house style) at the moment—though as time goes on, the capitalized version is likely to become less and less and common, and therefore will begin to look more and more old-fashioned.
Andrew Leach's OED citation provides a succinct description of the current status of Web versus web as the short form of the entity formerly (or formally) known as the World Wide Web. At the computer magazine where I work, we shifted from "Web site" to "Website" about four years ago, and from "Website" to "website" about 18 months ago. Nevertheless, as a matter of house style, we continue to capitalize the W in "the Web." I suspect that inertia is as responsible for our current style as anything else is.
Still, there is one oddity at play here: Why is "the web" rapidly becoming standard while "the internet" remains (I believe) far less common than "the Internet"? Neither "Web"/"web" nor "Internet"/"internet" is a proprietary name; and as far as I can see, "the internet" is even less susceptible to ambiguity than "the web." Does anyone have any insight into the different treatment that these two terms appear to be receiving with regard to capitalization?
World Wide Web, or WWW is capitalized, as is Internet, so I capitalize the abbreviation, Web, since it is one of the three capitalized words in the proper compound noun, World Wide Web. I have had no complaints from my Navy customers. Even if someone prefers Web not being capitalized, I can support my choice with logic.
You should not capitalize the word web. It is just a short form for window electronic browser. Just like we don't capitalize etc, which is a short form for et cetera, so do we follow the same for web.
protected by Andrew Leach♦ May 14 '15 at 7:41
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