Do you ever See a title that Is Capitalized in all The Wrong places? Ever wondered which words are supposed to be capitalized? Have you asked yourself if you're you supposed to use upper case letters on all the words, or just some of them?
It's a common error, my friends. The upside? It's really quite easy to fix.
Here's the quick and dirty set of rules:
CAPITALIZE - major words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) & the first word in a title (even if the title begins with a word that is normally not capitalized)
DO NOT CAPITALIZE - minor words
Coordinating Conjunctions - words that connect other words/phrases (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
Articles - (the, a, an)
Prepositions - words that indicate location (the list is extensive, but some examples include: to, under, in, about, for, onto, with, into)
So, let's take a look at the title of this blog post. Because this website design automatically capitalizes all of the letters in each blog post, it's difficult to see which words are actually capitalized. Here is how it should look: When to Use Capital Letters in a Title. See how only the major words (when, use, capital, letters, title) are capitalized? "To" and "in" are prepositions, so they are lower case, and "a" is an article, so that is also lower case. Make sense?
That's about it! As long as you've got those rules down pat, you'll be whipping out titles correctly in no time. Of course, you can always give us a call to help you out; having a professional double check your work is a must if you want to make absolute sure that your capitalization is solid.