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    Capitalization

    Hello everybody!

    I would like to ask you about capitalization in headings.
    I usually translate technical stuff and would like to know what is the general rule for headings, titles, captions etc.
    Are they usually capitilized (I mean every notional part of speech)?

    Should the capitalization of headings be used at all?


    Thank you

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    Re: Capitalization

    This question has been asked several times before. Have a look at the 'Similar Threads' at the bottom of this page.

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    Re: Capitalization

    I've tried all "Capitalizations" in the "Similar Threads".
    There are proper names, parts of the world etc. No headings in reports or books...

    No definite answer...


    Still need help...
    Last edited by Jack8rkin; 11-Mar-2011 at 10:10.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Sorry. Perhaps this one is more relevant: capital letters in headlines

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    Re: Capitalization

    Go to the very top of the page, Jack, and in the search box on the right-hand side insert capitalisation in titles.

    You'll find plenty of links to help you there.

    Ask again if you have any specific questions.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Thanks, I know how to google.
    No time to give advice?

    Have you ever writen a technical (or scientific) report?

    I'm just asking about your day-to-day practice.
    Everyone's opinion is appreciated.
    Last edited by Jack8rkin; 11-Mar-2011 at 11:18.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Hello everybody!

    I would like to ask you about capitalization in headings.
    I usually translate technical stuff and would like to know what is the general rule for headings, titles, captions etc.
    Are they usually capitilized (I mean every notional part of speech)?

    Should the capitalization of headings be used at all?


    Thank you
    I found the information here helpful.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Thanks, I know how to google.
    No time to give advice?

    Have you ever writen a technical (or scientific) report?

    I'm just asking about your day-to-day practice.
    Everyone's opinion is appreciated.
    5jj is not teaching you how to Google. He's explaining that this topic has been discussed before, and telling you where and how that thread with the advice-giving, the day-to-day-practice, and the opinions of everyone can be found already prepared and archived for your direct inspection.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post

    No time to give advice?
    We've spent time giving advice.

    Give us a few specific titles to comment on, such as

    development Of time Machines In the twenty-First century or

    Relevance Of stem-Cell research In hare-Lip regeneration.

    EDIT: Why don't you try correcting those for a start?

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    Re: Capitalization

    Thank you.
    "Development of Time Machines in the Twenty-First Century" or

    Relevance of Stem-Cell Research in Hare-Lip Regeneration"
    (no period at the end of the headline)


    I'm not asking for an excercise, and I could give you all the headlines from the report that I'm now working with. However I do not belive it would help to resolve the situation.

    What I was taught in the linguistic uni is that all notional parts of speech have to be capitalized and no period should be at the end of headlines. I read about several more options for headlines in the links you gave me. Thank you.

    What I saw in reality while working with Americans was different. They just capitalized the first word in the headline (like us Russians do) and that was it. I do not know whether or not it was the influence of Russians.

    So, here is a dilemma. And questions:

    Have you ever written a report?

    What was the way you wrote the headlines in your reports?
    Did you capitalize each notional part of speech?
    Did you capitalize auxiliary parts of speech longer than 5 (4) letters?

    Thank you.

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