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[yast-devel] text style guide
  • From: Martin Schmidkunz <mschmidkunz@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 14:47:44 +0200
  • Message-id: <2B5579FF-5D6E-4695-A29D-152E94E853FE@xxxxxxx>

I am currently thinking about the webYaST text style guide and particularly about capitalization issues.
There are two ways how to capitalize text: title style and sentence style. Whereas sentence style is quite easy to use (only capitalize first letter in a sentence) title style is quite difficult to handle: the first letter of each word is capitalized, the rest are lower case. In some cases short articles, prepositions, and conjunctions are not capitalized. (see aa511441.aspx#T and )

Currently ( YaST uses
sentence style in:
* messages (warning, error, question,...)
* progress stages
* status bars
* help text

title style is used in:
* headings, titles, and group labels
* input and command widgets
* module names
* progress bar labels
* status information, summaries and proposals
* trees
* tables

For webYaST we could simply adopt the YaST text style guide or change it to this:
"Use title style for titles and sentence style for all other UI elements."

Titles would be:
* headings, titles
* module names

This rule is used in many web applications (e.g. google) and in the UI of our target group (MS Windows style guide).

Would the second suggestion (Use title style for titles and sentence style for all other UI elements.) be easier for you as developers or would you prefer to stick to the old YaST rules?
As the only important thing with text style guide is consistency I would be fine with both solutions (although I have a slight personal preference towards the second solution :-)), I would like to pick the solution which is easier for you, the developers!

If you think, that the old YaST text style is easier for you, please let me know until next Tuesday (1st September) otherwise we will go for the second suggestion.

Have a nice weekend,


Martin Schmidkunz
User Experience Specialist
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