Re: Small caps vs. regular caps

Subject: Re: Small caps vs. regular caps
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:22:43 -0700

On 3/27/2014 9:19 AM, Haim Roman wrote:

I'm writing a style guide. Certain info is to be in small caps, but the
beginning of words are to be in regular, big caps. Is there a recognized
term for such caps to distinguish them from small caps?

All caps means all uppercase full size letters.
Small caps means means lowercase letters are in small caps.
Title case means the first letter of a word is capitalized, except for insignificant articles and conjunctions, unless a style guide requires all title case, as is sometimes the rule when non-writers are required to use Word.

Also, how to specify that a phrase is to capitalized according to the rules
for titles? That is, "the" & "of" would not be capitalized?

If a line of text, like a heading, is supposed to be in title case with small caps, then specify that is supposed to be in title case with small caps and provide screenshot examples, as some readers may not see the distinction when reading the example in a line of text.

In grade school, I was taught to not capitalize any word that had fewer than four letters, unless it was an abbreviation or acronym. That is an over-simplified rule that is prone to exceptions. A better rule is to say to not capitalize articles and conjunctions.


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