John Saito, a writer at Dropbox, recently posted on Medium a great article describing the reasons people and apps use title case and sentence case. If you haven't tried our title capitalization tool yet, we allow you to do both. John argues that while title case creates a nice symmetrical pattern for short sentences, sentence case creates a more casual and inviting visual appearances, something modern brands, such as Dropbox, will want to use. Additionally, he argues that Title Case actually makes picking out proper nouns in short sentences extremely difficult. In the example he gives below, he argues that users may not realize the "Calendar" app refers to a named app or just any generic calendar app. Source: Medium Another interesting fact John talks about is that Google and Apple use different case styles: If you’re an Apple user, you’ll notice a lot of title case throughout their products. That’s because Apple’s design guidelines recommend title case for many UI elements, including alert titles, menu items, and buttons. If you’re a Google user, you’ll see a lot more sentence case throughout their products. And that’s because Google’s design guidelines recommend sentence case for almost everything. Source: Medium To read the full article, head over to Medium.
If you don't have time to use our super simple title capitalization tool there is another simple way to capitalize titles quickly. The "MINTS" acronym will give you some set rules to capitalize titles correctly: M - Months, days, holidays I - The pronoun I N - Names of people, places, etc. T - Titles of books, movies, etc. S - Start of sentences Here's a great image overview of the acronym at work courtesy of Teachers Pay Teachers:
'Tis the season to deck the halls with boughs of holly, but it's also the time of year to capitalize your Christmas song titles correctly so that you're not embarrassed when your musical program contains the wrong capitalization. Here's a list of some of the most popular holiday songs with their appropriate capitalization. Deck the Halls Joy to the World Jingle Bells O Come All Ye Faithful All I Want for Christmas Is You Little Drummer Boy White Christmas Do You Hear What I Hear Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Silent Night Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town Sleigh Ride O Little Town of Bethlehem Title capitalization courtesy of CapitalizeMyTitle.com
Ever wonder what the most common title capitalization questions were? I took the top searched title capitalization questions from Google using keyword research and have answered them below. Top Questions Do you capitalize hyphenated words in a title? Do you capitalize "internet" in a title? Do you capitalize nouns in a title? Do you capitalize days of the week in a title? Do you capitalize "the" in a title? Do you capitalize "university" in a title? Do you capitalize "it" in a title? Do you capitalize "with" in a title? Do you capitalize "you" in a title? Do you capitalize "world" in a title? Do you capitalize "is" in a title? Do you capitalize "in" in a title? Do you capitalize hyphenated words in a title? Hyphenated words are complicated and depend on which style you are using. Using The Chicago Manual of Style: Always capitalize the first element. Capitalize any subsequent elements unless they are articles, prepositions, coordinating conjunctions If the first element is merely a prefix or combining form that could not stand by itself as a word (anti, pre, etc.), do not capitalize the second element unless it is a proper noun or proper adjective. Capitalize the second element in a hyphenated spelled-out number (twenty-one or twenty-first, etc.) or hyphenated simple fraction (two-thirds in two-thirds majority). Source: http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/?tag=chicago-manual-of-style Using APA: Capitalize the first and second element of a hyphenated phrase Do you capitalize "internet" in a title? When referring to the Internet as a proper noun (ie you are referring to the World Wide Web), then Internet should be capitalized. If you are referring to a general network of computers, then you can use the lowercase [...]
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Short Answer: Yes Long Answer: Halloween is a holiday and proper noun, so it should be capitalized according to title capitalization rules. What about capitalizing the word "night" after Halloween? While Halloween is a holiday and proper noun, the word "night" right afterward is not capitalized in a sentence, but will be capitalized in a title if you are using any of the styles in title case such as when referring to the movie "Halloween Night." Did you know... that Halloween actually comes from the original phrase "All Hallows' Even" referring to the evening before All Hallows' Day (Nov. 1). According to Grammar Girl, The "all" and "s" were dropped, "hallows' " and "even" became a closed compound, and the apostrophe took the place of the "v," giving us "Hallowe'en"—just one of many transitional spellings along the way to "Halloween," which the Oxford English Dictionary shows as first appearing in 1786. Other spellings before "Halloween" included "Hallow-e'en," "Alhollon Eue," and "Halhalon evyn." If you want to, you can still refer to Halloween as Hallowe'en to give your Halloween party an olde-timey feeling. It's up to you! Featured image from tplusquotes.com