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Mathijs Panhuijsen <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 2 Jun 2008 12:39:42 +0200
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Hello all,

 

Does anybody know if there is a rule for the capitalization of titles of
dialogs?

 

Windows seems to start each word of a dialog title with a capital
(except for conjunctions, articles and prepositions), e.g. "Save
Document As a Rich Text File".

This is known as 'headline style' (even though many newspaper headlines
don't use this capitalization style anymore)

 

The alternative is to give only the first word a capital letter, and
give proper names and acronyms capitals, e.g. "Convert file to Amazon
HTML".

This is known as 'sentence' style.

 

The reason I would like to prefer 'sentence style' for the dialogs in
our application is because I want to be able to distinguish
application-specific terms, such as Publication or Component, from
generic terms.

 

Does anyone have an opinion on this matter? Are there hard rules for
this? A quick search revealed no rules for this in either the OS X Human
Interface guidelines, nor in the Windows Vista style book.

 

Thanks for helping out,

Mathijs Panhuijsen

 




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