Re: Using capital letters

Subject: Re: Using capital letters
From: "Klopfenstein, Ed (AFS)" <EdK -at- ACCU-FAB -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 08:45:08 -0700

Jennifer Wrote:

>A tech writer who recently joined my company uses capital letters in
>a way I can't quite follow and am not very keen about. She just
>handed in a manual with sentences like:
>The Red LED on the Alarm Panel will be lit.
>Capital letters are used for emphasis or to describe a process unique to that
>system (or at least that's how I prefer to use such lettering).
>"Red" and "Alarm Panel" is obviously not unique, however, sometimes the
>process name includes seemingly non-specific words and using capital letters
>can help with clarity. For instance, my company uses the term "Area
>Controller" to describe its robotics software. We capitalize that term to
>ensure the reader understands that we're talking about this specific piece of
>software and not, say, an accountant.
>To make a long story short, if a "Red LED" is something specific to your
>system, capitalize! If it's just an adjective, treat it as an adjective --
>in lower case.
>Hope it helps
Ed Klopfenstein

Technical Writer
Accu-Fab Systems, Inc.
Corvallis, OR 97330


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