Ask DN: Titles in Europe vs US

over 9 years ago from , Founder @ belkadigital.com

I just came back from an internship in the US and I discovered that in the US the standard for titles is capitalize everything you can while in Europe is just capitalize the first letter. Have you ever changed a website accordingly to this rule using the location? Do you think users care about this?


  • Jayden MaddisonJayden Maddison, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    It doesn't matter which one you go with, it's all about consistency.

    Make sure whichever one you pick is consistent with the clients brand/websites.

    I don't think the choice of either is relative to where you are in the world, we have plenty of European clients who prefer 'Title Case' over 'Sentence case' and vice versa.

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  • Surjith S MSurjith S M, over 9 years ago

    Using Europe rule now. I didn't knew until I joined my current company :-)

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  • Bart Claeys, over 9 years ago

    I don't think this is a 'Europe' vs 'US' thing.

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  • Lucas AlmeidaLucas Almeida, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    In Brazil, we use the Sentence case, but it's not a standard. I see some Title case once in a while.

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  • Radu CeucaRadu Ceuca, over 9 years ago

    Title Case vs. Sentence case

    Of course there is no clear standard on how this should be done but you can read more about it.

    You can just pick one and stick with it.

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    • Julie RobertsJulie Roberts, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

      I didn't realize all the variation that exists, but it makes sense now! My boss uses start case (capitalization of all words, regardless of the part of speech) and I tend to capitalize the first word, and all other words except for articles, prepositions, conjunctions, and forms of to be.

      In general, I don't think it matters too much as long as there is some measure of consistency. Unfortunately, one of our taglines is "it's better in the...." and depending on who started the file, we capitalize it differently. He does "It's Better In The..." and I do "It's Better in the..."

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