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Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 08:28:23 -0700
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I heard Leah Guren talk about this not long ago. She pointed out that 
you're not meant to read labels or headings as if they were sentences: 
don't expect a subject, a verb, etc. Using title case indicates this to 
the user, even if they are not aware of it.

True, your example is very difficult to read, but it's something of a 
specious example. If you've got a label that long, you need to re-write it.

Now, if you really need long explanatory text in the interface, it 
should be in sentence case, not title case. However, explanatory text 
should not be part of control labels and certainly doesn't belong in a 
heading!

Ethan McKinney
Broadcom, Inc.

Hal Shubin wrote:

> Standards and Common Use Seem to Indicate That Book Title 
> Capitalization is the Way to Go. It Bugs the Heck Out of Me. Who Can 
> Read This? Whether it's a Label For a Radio Button or a Header on a 
> Web Page I Think it's Wrong.
>
> But I seem to be in the minority. I prefer sentence capitalization, 
> like this.

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