Working with Text Variables

Jul 28, 2021

I am creating a course that three different agencies are taking.  Each one calls their prison population a different word - offender, inmate or juvenile which I have placed in another variable called population.  There are 3 times where "Inmate" needs to be capitalized.  I am able to make the whole word in caps, change the color, font and size but can't make the first letter capitalize.  What is the solution?  I'm sure it's something really easy that I'm missing.

3 Replies
Maria Costa-Stienstra

Hi, Susan.

Thank you for reaching out!

While there is no trigger to capitalize the first letter of a variable or reference, you might be able to achieve that with Javascript. I'm looking forward to the suggestions you will receive from our talented community members, but in the meantime, I wanted to offer a "low-tech" alternative:

  • Add a second population variable with the same words as the first but in their capitalized form. 
    • Population = {inmate, offender, juvenile}
    • Population_StartSentence = {Inmate, Offender, Juvenile}
  • The triggers that adjust the first variable can be duplicated to adjust the second.
  • You would then reference the second variable (Population_StartSentence) the three times they have to be capitalized.

Here's an example, which I am also attaching as a .story file:

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Susan Johnson

I ended up adding a second variable for the capital. I was just thinking I was missing something simple. Guess not, thanks for your help!

Susan Johnson
Staff Development Specialist
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