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Writing rules: Titles and captions

Titles and captions

A document title is the word or phrase used at the beginning of each chapter or section. Titles can also be placed in the beginning of lists and procedures.

A caption is the words or phrases used to identify an illustration or a table.

Writing a title or a caption

We only use capital letters in the beginning of the title and caption, for names, or whenever required for special purposes.

  • We do not use capital letters on every word in titles, captions etc.
  • We do not use periods after titles.
  • We do not use periods in titles.

Examples:

Powering up the Operator Station
System description

In captions, the words "Figure" and "Table" are written with a capital "F" and "T", and the words are never abbreviated.

We do not use a full stop after the words "Figure" and "Table", but two spaces.

Examples:

Figure 15  Installation principles
Table 22  Overview of functions

Writing a front page title

A front page title is the word or phrase used at the top of the front and title pages.

In front page titles, we only use capital letters in the beginning of the title following the product name (if any), for names, or whenever required for special purposes. We do not use all caps.

Examples:

Maintenance manual
SDP Operator manual
EM 3000 Functional design specification


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  • Microsoft Style Guide, 4th Edition, Microsoft Press, Washington, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7356-4871-5
  • Chicago manual of Style, 16th Edition, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2012, ISBN 978-0-226-10420-1

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