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Case agreement between text headings and index.
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patyjs  Identity Verified
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Jan 8, 2008

I'm currently working on a large document where the section headings and sub-headings in the text are in upper case. The index, however, has the sub-headings in lower case. Should I change the index? the text? neither?

Thoughts welcome.


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Yvette Neisser Moreno  Identity Verified
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Ask client Jan 8, 2008

Hi Paty. I always ask the client on questions like this. Often, they either don't care or they may defer to your professional judgment, but sometimes they have a preference and you can save yourself time by asking.

Personally, I don't know if there's any hard and fast rule on this point. Maybe another colleague will be aware of the standard practice.


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Paul Merriam  Identity Verified
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Additional note Jan 8, 2008

I concur with Yvette. My preference is to make it consistent between the table of contents (or index) and the actual text. But your client may have other ideas.

One thing I usually do is ask a new client for a style guide before starting work. Even if the client doesn't have one, you're in a better position if the client doesn't like your style later.

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Vito Smolej
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Index is normally program-generated Jan 9, 2008

The index, however, has the sub-headings in lower case. Should I change the index?

So it looks somebody played around with it or with the styles involved in it...

My way of doing it - and so far it worked perfectly - is to remove the index altogether from the source at the very beginning (its presence is just a nuisance during the translation). I put it back into the cleaned version, when everything else has been done.

That may be the moment, when the issue of lowercase vs uppercases may come up - it is very probably the style selected for the index entries anyhow -. But then, you have the problem neatly isolated in time and place.



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