CMS Tip: Don’t Use All Caps in Headings and Titles

Posted on 6/13/2016 2:56:09 PM

Always use Chicago style—with only the first letter capitalized on most words—to type headings, titles, and subheads in the workarea.

This is part of a series of tips for web maintainers. The Web Team posts hints and tips about the CMS, MyIUP, IUP Mobile, and the interactive map each week.

This is important because your content can appear in different places, such as on your site and in IUP Daily.

Enter One Way, Appears Two Ways

An example of a title that is incorrectly appearing in all caps

If you enter everything in Chicago style, your headings, titles, and subheads will transform automatically to all-caps when placed on the new page layouts, while they will stay in Chicago style for IUP Daily and the old template pages.

For example, the title for this Web Team tip was typed in the workarea as “CMS Tip: Don’t Use All-Caps in Headings and Titles.” (Also, the heading just above was typed as “Enter One Way, Appears Two Ways.”) The title appears here in all-caps, ironically, because the page layout converted it to that style, along with the heading above.

Not sure which words to capitalize for Chicago-style headings? Try this handy web tool (select the Chicago bullet) to have a title’s style converted for you. The site also lets you see the rules for capitalizing words.

Marilyn Kukula