Posted by: episystechpubs | October 24, 2014

Nifty Nuggets: Crazy Capitalization

One of the most common errors in writing is the misuse of capital letters. Symitar’s editors see a lot of what I call “crazy capitalization” because it drives me crazy. Writers tend to capitalize words that they feel are important or that they want to stand out. We discourage the use of excessive capitalization because it distracts and confuses readers more than it clarifies.

We’ve covered the capitalization standards in the JHA Style Guide for Technical Communication and Training. Click the link for a refresher.

Use caution when you are tempted to capitalize a word that is not a proper noun. Do some research to determine if capitalization is necessary. Usually, the word is treated generically and capitalization isn’t required.

Jackie Solano | Technical Editor | Symitar®

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