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Re: CSS Title Capitalization

From: Simon Ferndriger <ferndriger.business@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:24:08 +0000
Message-ID: <CAHSm5EMNNG9U8iyk2_1-+9uC+NCS8o_86mnVD8btBChWJbA3qQ@mail.gmail.com> (sfid-20150123_062415_421653_E1D0E71B)
To: Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com>
Cc: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Jens Oliver Meiert <jens@meiert.com>, W3C WWW Style <www-style@w3.org>
Yes, it may be very hard to implement it. But maybe, it is possible to find
the common denominator on this.
For example, what bothers me, is that in capitalization, "webcam(s)" get
capitalized like this "Webcam(S)". This is really not a desired end product
at all...

On 23 January 2015 at 03:27, Dave Cramer <dauwhe@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:00 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Yup.  Basically: you can't do it *at all* without knowing the language
> > that the text is in, and you can't do it even with the language
> > information, for some languages, without a lot of complicated rules.
> > English has it pretty easy here.  It's a ton of effort and
> > complication for something that won't even work for most content
> > (since most content isn't language-tagged), and so not really worth
> > pursuing.
>
> It's tough in (American) English. To quote from the Chicago Manual of
> Style (14th edition, 7.127):
>
> "In regular title capitalization, also known as headline style, the
> first and last words and all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs,
> adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions (if, because, as, that, etc.)
> are capitalized. Articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions
> (and, but, or, for, nor) and prepositions, regardless of length, are
> lowercased unless they are the first or last word of the title or
> subtitle. The 'to' in infinitives is also lowercased. Long titles of
> works published in earlier centuries may retain the original
> capitalization, except that any word in full capitals should carry
> only an initial capital. No word in a quoted title should ever be set
> in full capitals, regardless of how it appears on the title page of
> the book itself, unless it is an acronym, such as WAC, UNICEF, or
> FORTRAN."
>
> The subject of capitalization in general takes up sixty pages in this
> book. I've spent lots of time fixing capitalization in ebooks (bad
> offshore XML conversions leave lots of stuff in all-caps if it was
> designed that way) and I don't even trust myself to get it right in
> all circumstances. That's why we have professional editors.
>
> Dave
>
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