Subject Line Question

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  1. Mari North

    Mari North Very Well-Known Member
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    Question that's not in the least important, @Ken Anderson ... but it's driving me batty! When I start a new topic, sometimes there's a lower-case letter where I know I put a capital. I *think* I've noticed that it may have to do with using a quote mark or asterisk in the subject line... is that correct?

    Today's was "Clean Eating" and I know that C had been a capital. A day or two ago, with my 9-11 thread, I know I had a capital I... but wrote it like *I* and it posted as lower case. Symbols in the subject line... that's the reason, yes?
     
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    The title is set to automatically start each first letter as a capital. When you use symbols (like quotation marks), then it does not capitalize the following letter, even when YOU have capitalized that letter. Even going back and changing it does not work.
    What I do is to put the punctuation/quotations/etc, and then leave a space before you start the next word. That way, it will be capitalized and stay capitalized.
     
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    Mari North Very Well-Known Member
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    Thanks, @Yvonne Smith :) So that would apply to the *I* in the middle of a subject line too, then... I'll have to remember that. I assume there's no way to edit title, just the post body? Like I said, certainly not a big deal, but I like to understand things that are happening... and now I do.
     
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    You can edit the title; but I think that it is only for a certain length of time. there is a little icon (can't remember just what it looks like right now) at the top by the title, and that will let you edit it. Once it is past the editing time , I think that it has to be done by a forum admin.
    And yes, that applies to any little * , as well. Any character that is the first one in a word is what it thinks should be capitalized, so if a proper letter follows after that character, it will NOT be a capital. You have to make a little space first, and then it will work like it is supposed to.
    I was thoroughly frustrated with that (after trying about 10 times to capitalize a letter in a title , and having it change back ), and finally figured out how to work around it.

    You just started this thread, so look for the title-editing icon at the top, and then you will see how it works.
     
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    We had a mix of forum threads with subject headings using all sorts of capitalization formats, from all lower-case to all upper-case, and sentence-type capitalization to title-type capitalization, and it was driving me nuts. I tried changing them to title-type capitalization, with the first letter of each word capitalized, but I couldn't keep up with that. So I set the forum to automatically change the capitalization to title-type.

    That works well, except that it looks at characters rather than letters, so if you include a quotation mark before a word, it will view the first letter of the word as being the second. I avoid the use of quotation marks or such things, but if you want to use them, add a space between the quotation mark and the word. I go in every now and then and change the ones that have come out that way. It also will not capitalize each word in an acronym, again because it is looking at each group of characters as a word.
     
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