Question about "All caps"

Subject: Question about "All caps"
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Technical Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:59:45 -0500

I have a question for the hive mind.

I'm working on a contract, and one of the things I've been told to
look out for is phrases that would cause problems for non-native
English speakers, or when they start to localize the documents at some
distant point in the future.

Today I ran across the phrase "all caps" in a discussion of formatting
data fields in the database. I checked MS Manual of Style, and they
use "caps" all throughout the guide. I know that the key on the
keyboard is "Caps Lock", but I still wonder if the term "all caps"
instead of "all capitals" would be confusing to non-native speakers of

What say you? I'd especially like to hear from folks with experience
with translations.

Julie Stickler
Blogging about Agile and technical writing

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