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    Use of capitalization.

    I frequently see such things as:

    Table of Contents

    where "Contents" has a capital C.

    To me, this is wrong, but is it right, wrong or just a style?

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    Re: Use of capitalization.

    Title case is typical for headings. It's correct in title case.

    You would say "I couldn't find it in the Table of Contents." You'd use lower case for that. But as a header in your document, then use the capital C.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 10-Dec-2010 at 04:23.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Use of capitalization.

    I cannot post links here (because I have only posted one previous message) so I cannot point to the list of capitalization rules on:

    grammar book dot com slash punctuation slash capital.asp

    to ask which one of the 17 rules your suggestion would come under?

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    #4

    Re: Use of capitalization.

    Rule 8, covering titles of publications is a fair guide to what is customary in headings.

    In my limited experience of this forum so far, Barb_D is a more reliable guide than most online sites.

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    Re: Use of capitalization.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnson_F View Post
    Rule 8, covering titles of publications is a fair guide to what is customary in headings.

    In my limited experience of this forum so far, Barb_D is a more reliable guide than most online sites.
    Thank you VERY much for the compliment!

    20 years of writing for a living (and getting edited by my own editors to show me my mistakes) is, I hope, a pretty reliable training ground for "how it's supposed to work" (in American, business-style English).
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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