Re: Upper/lower case in heading

Subject: Re: Upper/lower case in heading
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: "List,Techwriter" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 07:56:50 +1000

John Posada wrote:

Hi, guys...assuming we cannot change our style rule to sentence case
and it outside of consideration at this point, what convention do you
follow to justify your actions when you make a change to someone
elses content from the perspective of case in headings?

I'm checking the content of another writer's documnt and it appears
he applies case in a random manner (but then maybe I just don't see
the logic). For instance, following are some of the headings in a
Release Note:

-Broker Might Be Inadvertently Uninstalled
-Installation Directories May not Contain Spaces
-VPN Maps do not Increment and Decrement Hops

It seems if the first one uses "Might Be", the next example should be
"May Not", not "May not", and if the second example is "May not",
isn't "do not" inconsistent?

My question...if I tell him to change any of them, and he says Why?,
what rule do I quote?

Here's the rule from our style guide:

"Capitalize the first letter of the first word of a
title or heading, and the first letter of all other
words in a title or heading except conjunctions,
articles, prepositions of fewer than four letters,
and the “to” in infinitives."

Of course, if you haven't established this as your
style, kind of hard to enforce it :->

Hope this helps,

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