August 22, 2005

Issues of capitalization and links

I doubt that many of us write forms, but the issue of capitalization of titles, heading, links, labels, etc. comes up frequently for me. I believe in keeping it simple and using sentence case for everything. Except for some reason long ago I decided to use title case for inside the <title> tags and have been paying for it ever since. No simple cutting and pasting that tag.

Here's an interesting article on the subject.
Caroline's Corner: Sentence or Title Case for Labels?

As an aside to this topic, we decided to capitalize and italicize the titles of all forms. The new issue is how to link to these from a document that you know will likely be printed. The user who prints the document will need the URL; the reader who is scanning for the link to the form will need to see the form name. So here's how we're presenting the information:

Students must complete the University of Minnesota Application for Undergraduate Degree, available at the University’s One Stop Student Services Web site: http://onestop.umn.edu/onestop/graduating.html.
and
For more information on University policies, see the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Catalog, available at the University of Minnesota Bookstores, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455; 612-625-6000; or on the Web: http://www.catalogs.umn.edu/ug/.

The form name or page name gets the link and the URL just sits there waiting to be printed and read. Good idea? Bad idea?

Posted by bullwink at August 22, 2005 6:12 PM