9 Replies
Bruce Graham

Useful...but the Chicago Guide is not the only set of rules.

If using a "Cartoon" style, (for example...), ALL CAPITALS may be correct, if the font is designed that way.

I have clients that insist on all the words in the title being capitalised - even the ones that should not be, as that is their "House Style".

Jackie Van Nice

@Bruce - Exactly! There are a variety of styles and standards used by clients, and though I used to be a stickler for one particular style, I've long since given myself over to the standard that's required by the project.

Nonetheless, @Matthew, I think this tool is great for when you can go with The Chicago Manual of Style - and I especially like that they explain the rule behind each choice so that you can easily learn and go forth to confidently apply title case on your own.

I've never seen this before. Thank you for sharing it!

Walter Coolman

There are many style manuals out there. I grew up as a writer and the Chicago Style guide is one of my favorites for how comprehensive it is. It's much more thorough than the AP Style guide for example.

Having said that, I was very surprised to see the lack of writing skills and knowledge of styles when I came into the Instructional Design world. Think about how many things are written, from the onscreen text to the script. Instructional writing is a skill I rarely see anymore. Before you can become a good instructional writer, it helps to learn the basics of writing and using style guides.

Elearning courses require an array of personalized text, so doing what's best for a project is unquestioned, everything is relative, but in general, there are good guidelines to follow, like the title link above. 

Matthew Bibby

Your post didn't come across as negative Bruce and you are correct that this isn't the right approach for every course. 

However, inconsistent capitalisation of titles is something I've seen a lot (and tend to notice it as it is something that I struggle with sometimes) so I thought this was a rather handy tool. Pity there isn't an option to select which style you'd like to use!

Nicola Redfearn

The automatic capitisation doesn't work for me.  Must be because I'm using an old browser. 

We use the Oxford guide here at work because we are in the UK.  US and UK grammar is often different, e.g. I think the placement of speach marks inside or outside punctuation is different across the pond, so you have to use the right grammar for your country.

A few years ago the Guardian published their styleguide in a little booklet and gave it away with the newspaper.  It made a surprisingly good read.   It's more geared towards journalism but there are some great entries in there.  My favourite being a snipe at the tabloids: "Belgium:  A country.  Not a unit of measurement."

There's an online version of the guardian styleguide but sadly the Belgium entry is missing, as is a similar one about doubledecker buses.

(However I did just check it and corrected this post because I originally typed "The Guardian newspaper" but their styleguide says "newspaper titles: the Guardian, the Observer, the New York Times, etc, do not write "the Sun newspaper", etc: people know what you mean" )