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11:3 Use Mixed-Case for Prose Text

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11:3 Use Mixed-Case for Prose Text

Relative Importance:

Relative Importance rating of 4 out of 5

Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 3 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline


Topic:

Text and Styles


Guideline:

When users must read a lot of information, use lower-case fonts and appropriate capitalization to ensure the fastest possible reading speed.


Comments:

Using 'mixed-case' fonts for reading prose text means that most letters will be lowercase, with all letters that should be capitalized being in uppercase. Most users have had considerable experience reading lowercase letters and are therefore very proficient at it.


Sources:


Good Example:

This block of text is an example of displaying continuous (prose) text using mixed upper- and lowercase letters. Its not difficult to read. This is called sentence case.

THIS BLOCK OF TEXT IS AN EXAMPLE DISPLAYING CONTINUOUS (PROSE) USING ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS. ITS MORE DIFFICULT TO READ. THIS IS NOT CALLED SENTENCE CASE.