Heading Case


We use title case for page titles and headings on this wiki. Why? So that WikiWords in the titles and headings will work as WikiWords. We need to preserve the CamelCase for links.

ALL CAPS is RIGHT OUT! Why? It's shouting.

Here's About Education on case styles. This is here as a placeholder. The advice can be reduced to a couple of sentences and the reference removed.

There's not a single set of rules for capitalizing words in a title. For most of us, it's a matter of selecting one convention and sticking to it. The big decision is whether to go with sentence case (simple) or title case (a little less simple).

Sentence case (also known as Down style)
Capitalize only the first word of the title and any proper nouns: "Rules for capitalizing the words in a title." This form, recommended by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for titles in reference lists, is popular with many online and print publications. In fact it's now the standard form for titles and headlines in most countries--but not (yet) in the United States.

Title Case (also known as Headline Style or Up Style)
Capitalize the first and last words of the title and all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions (if, because, as, that, and so on): "Rules for Capitalizing the Words in a Title."

It's the little words that style guides disagree on. The Chicago Manual of Style, for instance, notes that "articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, for, nor), and prepositions, regardless of length, are lowercased unless they are the first or last word of the title."

We are not so picky about the little words: All Words Capped Is Fine. This seems to be becoming a web convention.

Here's a case converter to work with: TitleCase.



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