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    Default Proper capitalization driving me nuts!

    I'm designing a book for a therapist, and although it's not my responsibility, some of the editing is driving me nuts and I'd like to steer him right.

    His program is called "SimpleThree." In the text he refers to "other parents using the SimpleThree System" and the SimpleThree Level System, and the Simple Three Level Chart, and Simple Three Rules. I could understand all the words being capitalized as chapter titles, however, in the body of the text shouldn't it read the SimpleThree system and the SimpleThree level system, and the SimpleThree level chart, and the SimpleThree rules - without all the capitalization!

    In other words, should he be capitalizing the words "system," "level system," "level chart," and "rules," each time they follow "SimpleThree" in the body of his text?

    Thanks for your input.

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    Default Re: Proper capitalization driving me nuts!

    If the idea housed within the phrase is unique, capitalize the phrase.

    The following phrases house unique ideas:

    SimpleThree System
    SimpleThree Level System
    SimpleThree Level Chart
    SimpleThree Rules

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    Default Re: Proper capitalization driving me nuts!

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    If the idea housed within the phrase is unique, capitalize the phrase.

    The following phrases house unique ideas:

    SimpleThree System
    SimpleThree Level System
    SimpleThree Level Chart
    SimpleThree Rules
    So what your saying is that the line "The Simple Three support staff works hard to. . ." is incorrect and should read "The SimpleThree Support Staff works hard to . . . " ?????? It seem to me that if the 'unique ideas" thing is going to be applied anywhere, it needs to be applied everywhere.

    What do you think?

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    Default Re: Proper capitalization driving me nuts!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray J View Post
    I'm designing a book for a therapist, and although it's not my responsibility, some of the editing is driving me nuts and I'd like to steer him right.

    His program is called "SimpleThree." In the text he refers to "other parents using the SimpleThree System" and the SimpleThree Level System, and the Simple Three Level Chart, and Simple Three Rules. I could understand all the words being capitalized as chapter titles, however, in the body of the text shouldn't it read the SimpleThree system and the SimpleThree level system, and the SimpleThree level chart, and the SimpleThree rules - without all the capitalization!

    In other words, should he be capitalizing the words "system," "level system," "level chart," and "rules," each time they follow "SimpleThree" in the body of his text?

    Thanks for your input.
    I agree with you.
    For example, if the whole thing is called the SimpleThree Level System, then by lauralie's rules, the chart should be called the SimpleThree Level System Level Chart.
    He's possibly concerned about copyright or trademark issues, ie. if he calls something Simple Three Rules, they are better protected than if he calls them Simple Three rules, or even the rules of SimpleThree. I'm not an expert on this, but if that is not a concern, I'd retain the capitalisation for "SystemThree" only.

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    Default Re: Proper capitalization driving me nuts!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray J View Post
    So what your saying is that the line "The Simple Three support staff works hard to. . ." is incorrect and should read "The SimpleThree Support Staff works hard to . . . " ?????? It seem to me that if the 'unique ideas" thing is going to be applied anywhere, it needs to be applied everywhere.

    What do you think?
    I think the meaning housed in "support staff" is neither novel nor an idea created by the author of the SimpleThree System. So, write "The SimpleThree support staff" (by the way, is 'SimpleThree' one word or two?).

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