Re: Capitalizing product names of product features

Subject: Re: Capitalizing product names of product features
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:23:30 -0800

In that context you're not describing a feature, you're identifying a
user interface element by its label.

Labels are properly capitalized because as the name of a field /
button / whatever they're proper nouns. However, when referring to an
on-screen label, as a general rule you should use the same
capitalization unless it looks weird or illiterate.

When using the same sequence of words to describe a feature, use the
normal rules for capitalization. "Email address" is not a proper noun.

On Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 6:34 AM, Karen Gwynn <kwgwynn -at- att -dot- net> wrote:
> ... My style guide
> indicates that when describing a feature the feature's name is capitalized
> ("Enter the primary contact email address in the Email Address field"). But
> when I'm talking about the feature and all the things it can do, do I
> continue to capitalize the term? ("this email address is the one the ABC
> system uses to ...." or "this Email Address ...."). ...
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Capitalizing product names of product features: From: Karen Gwynn

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