I asked about book title capitalization vs
sentence capitalization. Some people agreed with
me that book title capitalization is annoying,
some liked it in some cases and One Person
Thought my Example was Extreme (probably right).
Have you ever read any Winnie-the-Pooh stories?
Book title capitalization reminds me of that. A.
A. Milne capitalized some words, giving Special
Meaning to some words or phrases:
"Aha!" said Pooh. (Rum-tum-tiddle-um-tum.) "If I know anything about
anything, that hole means Rabbit," he said, "and Rabbit means Company,"
he said, "And Company means Food and
Listening-to-Me-Humming and such like.
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For the most part I used Book Title Cap for
labels and and Sentence capitalization for statements.
So in a web context, most "button" links would be
Title Caps. But title tags, list items, short
statements (ie 'Check status of your account'),
and anything which requires more comprehension than scanning.
Book Title Cap seems to be most misused in
lists. Most lists are a few words or short
statements. Their brevety encourages content
writers to emphasis words which really have no singular meaning as in a title.
For example, I see stuff like:
* Corrections to Visuals on the June 2003 CD
When it would be better (imho) to say:
* Corrections to visuals on the June 2003 CD
I think a lot of writers get confused on proper style when they mix titles
From: Weston Thompson <[log in to unmask]>
My understanding was that "title case" is easier
to scan, so it is good to use for headlines. As
I see it, one of the drawbacks of all-caps is
that they offer no variation (such as
upper/lower) that serve to help scanning. I see
all lower case as suffering the same
problem. So, for headlines, sections headings,
and the like - I prefer title case. I would use
sentence case for sentences or "sentence-like things" that are not headings.
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From: Scott Nelson <[log in to unmask]>
Your example is extreme, using the style inappropriately.
Title case is but one way of differentiating
headings, and labeling buttons. There are others.
I see nothing wrong with it, or with other methods. Consistency is good.
I'd suggest the use of caps and title case is no
different than choosing a typeface, and no less significant.
>Comments to Me and I'll summarize; Discussion to the List.
How about address the tendency of designers to
use all lower case. My ex-wife did this all the time, drove me nuts.
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From: Denny Adelman <[log in to unmask]>
When I first moved to France (from the US) I was
utterly shocked to discover that the French don't
capitalize titles, but indeed, always use
sentence format, as you are suggesting.
Twenty-five years on, I have been converted to
the non-cap Way. More elegant, more readable.
The nice thing about standards being that there
are so many of them (etcetc), we note then that
the french (the french don't capitalize 'french'
either) have a standard and it is universally
respected... in the Francophone world. I believe
other latin cultures (Spain, Italy...) follow this rule too.
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IT Strategy and Design extremely difficult"
From: Paola Kathuria <[log in to unmask]>
I completely agree.
I also prefer sentence capitalisation.
I don't have any evidence for one or the other. I
just feel that title case is pretentious on web
sites and that the extra capitals are just visual
clutter that slow people down.
I strongly enough about this that I make sure
it's written into the requirements document,
before the graphic designer starts work. It will
say that page headings and labels will be in
sentence case. If the designer then later says
"oh, but I like title case" or "everyone else
does labels in title case", I can then remind
them that sentence case is stated in the
requirements which were approved by the client.
A search on Google finds these survey results:
And these number of references:
5,850 results for "sentence case" heading OR label
10,500 results for "title case" heading OR label
231 results for "book capitalization" heading OR label
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No empirical evidence here, but I can tell you
what we do in our web applications that seems to work out nicely.
For all field labels (i.e. radio buttons, text
entry, drop-downs), we use sentence style. For
column headers in grids, menu items (e.g. Save
As)and other "header" type labels (e.g. a title
on a grid header like "Vendor Details"),
we use Book Title Style. This seems to be a nice
balance between emphasis where needed and readability.
Hope this helps,
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From: Juan Lanus <[log in to unmask]>
Hal, Iagree with you. It's awful. But it seems to
be the accepted standard. As I see it the only
advantage BTC (book title caps) has is that it
can be done by anyone despite his knowledge level
about the underlying language. Any foreign
software developer, from a country with a
radically different language and alphabet can do
it in English. For example the very succesful
Eclipse software development IDE
http://www.eclipse.org (for software developers,
like me) states in their UI standard that you
have to use BTC. The German are midway, as they
seem to capitalize all substantive words. Maybe
for them this is worse as the capitalized initial
conveys a grammatical meaning and capitalized verbs will look as nouns to
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