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Subject: Re: Title case or sentence case?

Re: Title case or sentence case?

From: Paul Louden <>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 04:12:11 -0500

XavierGr wrote:
> IMHO it would be horrendous and impractical (not to mention
> subjective) to choose a casing for each string depending on its context.
What's so impractical and horrendous about "If it's the name of a
setting, such as that it will show as the title of a screen or an entry
in the menu, it is in title case, otherwise it is in sentence case."

Look at most menus in software, in English, as I've mentioned. They are
in title case. This is more or less common practice in computing, as
Dave Chapman has mentioned. I think even if we are going "UK English"
it's more a practice than a dialect-specific issue. UK English may
rarely or never use title case, but it is used in computing, even in the
UK, because the majority of applications they use apparently use US English.

I think that both in terms of readability, and in terms of user
expectation, title case is appropriate for the names of menu options. As
well, in the case of Rockbox menu options, they are (or can be used as)
proper nouns. If I mention Playback Settings it's extremely clear I'm
referring to the menu entry, and not just some general cloud of options
that relate to playback.
Received on 2008-08-18

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