title case

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title +‎ case, because it is the casing (letter case pattern) traditionally often used for document titles (as well as headings and other display type) in English orthography.


title case (uncountable)

  1. (publishing, computing) The capitalization of text in which the first letter of each major (important) word is set as a capital.

This Sentence Is Written in Title Case, Which Some Publishers Call Headline-Style Capitalization; Articles (i.e., a, an, the) Are Not Capitalized Unless They Begin the String; Whether to Capitalize Prepositions (e.g., from, to, between) Is Not Universally Standardized But Rather Depends on Each Publisher's House Style.

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This name for the concept is now the usual name, but it did not become widespread until well into the microcomputer revolution, when its use spread from software coders to the general public, including via menus and dialogs of word processor applications. In older style guides, terms such as headline-style capitalization, cap-and-small, cap-and-lower, c/lc (cap/lowercase), and others were used, and lead-era typesetters used printer's jargon such as main words up.

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