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12:9 Capitalize First Letter of First Word in Lists

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12:9 Capitalize First Letter of First Word in Lists

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


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


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  • 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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