Re: Sentence case or Title Case

Subject: Re: Sentence case or Title Case
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 09:19:24 +1000

Lisa Hickling wrote:

Here's quick poll of preferences. If you were your system's UI designer would you recommend *Sentence case* or *Title Case* for labels and columns? Even if you lean toward both which would you select if you had to make one choice for uniform application?

Title case - trying to document items in a GUI in
running text is difficult without initial caps (e.g.,
"Select the Run automatically after login checkbox").

Our internal style guide actually now allows writers
to use initial caps for GUI items even if they're not
used in the GUI for ease of reading, contradicting
our previous rule that everything in the docs had to
exactly match what was on screen. We decided that
the possible chance of confusion between a capitalized
label in the docs and a non-capitalized label that
used the same words on the screen wouldn't be as
likely as the confusion of trying to read an
instruction in running text where the label was
mostly lowercase.

Cassandra Greer wrote:
> Plus some labels can get relatively long and would
> look dorky all capped.

Any label that long should be rewritten, imho, and not
just because it would look weird when capitalized! But
convincing engineers to do that is an entirely separate
(but all too common) problem.

-- Janice


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