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12:9 Capitalize First Letter of First Word in Lists

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Document Type: Guideline


Topic:

Lists


Guideline:

Capitalize the first letter of only the first word of a list item, a list box item, check box labels, and radio button labels.


Comments:

Only the first letter of the first word should be capitalized unless the item contains another word that would normally be capitalized.


Sources:

  • Bailey, R.W. (1996). Human performance engineering: Designing high quality professional user interfaces for computer products, applications and systems (3rd ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Fowler, S. (1998). GUI Design Handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Marcus, A., Smilonich, N., & Thompson, L. (1995). The Cross-GUI Handbook. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
  • Microsoft Corporation (1992). The Windows Interface: An Application Design Guide. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press.

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