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[style guide] capitalization of titles and headings

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:02:53 -0500
To: wai-eo-editors <wai-eo-editors@w3.org>
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I talked with Sharron and we agree to leave titles and h1s as headline-style capitalization for authoritativeness and other reasons. Happy to discuss further if wanted.

I have updated <https://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/wiki/Style#Capitalization> accordingly.

(I also moved "Titles, headings, labels, menu items do not have terminal punctuation unless a question mark is required." from the Capitalization section to the Punctuation section. :-)

For <h2>s and lower, we are inconsistent on headline-style capitalization and sentence-style capitalization through EOWG Resources and other WAI pages. In some cases, the content strongly leads for one or the other. In other cases, I don't think it matters much.

Should we settle on a default (yet leave it open for exceptions)?
* Should the default be sentence-style because it is easier to read, ... ?
* Should the default be headline-style because it is more formal, ... ?

I suggest someone go through several resources and note which they use and think about the issues around leaving them or changing them.


On 6/29/2017 5:23 PM, Sarah Pulis wrote:
>   * I thought that I read that sentence case for headings was easier to read - let me see if I can dig up some research. If it is, I suggest we propose a change from the current headline style to sentence style. If not, let's go with what has always been done.
> *From:* Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
> *Sent:* Friday, 30 June 2017 2:06:48 AM
> Sarah: Two points for now on "Titles, headings, labels, menu items use sentence case (capitalise only the first word of a sentence).
> * Currently most (if not all) titles, h1s, and main nav use headline-style capitalization. Was that an oversight, or are you proposing that WAI and EOWG change that?

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