Headlines and Titles of Works
Q. Should the first letter of all words in the title of a book, movie, or play be capped? I’ve sometimes seen the first letter of prepositions and articles in lowercase.
Q. My professor has requested that one of our assignments have the titles of tables in headline-style capitalization. What does this mean?
Q. I understand that a title following a person’s name should be presented in lowercase. Our Human Resources Department defines official job titles at my college. We have titles that are presented with a comma rather than a preposition. For example: director, human resources, rather than director of human resources. What is the correct way to present the title after a name that includes the comma? Should “human resources” be uppercase or lowercase? Should it be Mary Smith, director, human resources?
Q. How should I treat names of apps?
Q. How to treat names of apps? I am copyediting a newsletter for a professional organization. A couple of the articles discuss iPad/smart-phone apps. I am at a loss as to how to treat those names: Initial caps only? Initial caps, roman? Italics? In quotes? Any suggestions? CMOS 16 is mute, alas. I should note that the issue is possibly more complicated because some of the apps carry the same names as the books upon which they are based.
Q. I’m editing a university press book about the romance genre in England with references and comparisons to the rest of Europe. My question is about CMOS 8.46, which indicates “Continental cuisine; but continental breakfast.” This MS uses “continental” to modify any number of objects and concepts. Which are the exceptions, and which the rule (and why)?
Q. I’m an editor at a law firm. I was recently asked whether there is any difference between “no more than” and “not more than,” as in “Violator will be sentenced to no/not more than five years in prison.” I took a poll in the office, and the other editors said they prefer “no more than,” but they pointed out that “not more than” is common in the legal context.
Q. Hi there. Please advise those of us who have to deal with music questions in our copyediting. How would you style the name of a concert—in roman or italics? For example, One World: The Concert for Tsunami Relief.
Q. I am editing a cookbook. When I am referring to a recipe by its full name in introductory text—say, Spelt Butterhorn Rolls—would the name be capitalized as I just did, should it be enclosed in quotation marks, or should it just be lowercase?
Q. I see in section 8.21 of the 16th edition that civil titles, such as “secretary of state,” should be lowercase unless appearing as, for example, “Secretary of State Smith.” What about titles such as “assistant secretary of state for bureaucracy and obfuscation”? Should “bureaucracy and obfuscation” be lowercase to match “assistant secretary of state” or should it be capitalized as the name of a specific department?