Options have been expanded since the introduction of word processing and HTML. In addition to all-caps, there are now bold, italic and color inscriptions in each word processing platform. While all-caps remain in sleep mode for certain provisions, it`s not uncommon for developers to design agreements that use other methods to emphasize language. The preference for all-caps also had a technical reason. In 1952, document formatting was limited and word processing technology did not change much until the mid-1980s. All-Caps was not only explicitly mentioned by the UCC, but it was also the simplest way to draw attention to provisions. Each party accepts and undertakes not to challenge the validity or applicability of a discharge provision of that mortgage, since the party has no knowledge or knowledge of such a provision or that the provision is not striking. Individuals regularly enter into contracts every day without assigning legal conditions or meanings to these simple transactions. For example, we go to the gas station and “accept” the “offered” price for a gallon of gas that is posted on the pump, give the cashier our cash “consideration” and leave with a receipt that “reminds” of the agreement.
In today`s world, where Internet or phone purchases from the comfort of your couch have become as daily as filling gas stations, we hurriedly click on the box “I read and I accept the above conditions” to download music to our computers without much thought or attention to these “additional conditions” (apart from the anger that the “strict you have to accept the terms” to continue” pop-ups on your “additional contractual terms”). Finally, remember that the toasters that have just been delivered to your home – read the absurdly thick instructions and take care of the legal provisions hidden on the back (EVEN IF THEY ARE IN BOLD CAPS), or are you like me and just pop in your bagel and do you have fresh cheeses at your disposal? While these examples are mundane, they illustrate that we accept contractual terms in everyday life and that if they are expanded or translated into a commercial context, we can have costly consequences. The use of all-caps in legal agreements is a venerable tradition that extends to the digital age. Once it was accepted as a way to draw attention to the important language of the contract, it became daily and with new formatting options it is still used today. Even if the disclaimer was not a substantial change, the Roadtec court found that the disclaimer`s disclaimer was not striking (i.e., a sensible person for whom he or she is supposed to act should have realized it.” The test, the court said, “if a reasonable person would notice the disclaimer if his nature is compared to the rest of the agreement.” In this case, the disclaimers were written in bold, but as the disclaimers were inserted at the end of two long reference manuals and were not included in the contract of the operational equipment proposal itself, they were not placed in a “striking place” that would recommend “the attention of the non-drafting party”. As a result, Roadtec`s efforts to avoid the accountability of goods have not been effective.