Initial Capitalization in Titles and Headines
According to the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS)
site (Capitalization,Titles), the rules about titles or "headline-style
capitalization" are somewhat flexible. As they stated in
an old FAQ:
In regular title capitalization, also known
as headline style, the first and last words and all nouns, pronouns,
adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions (if,
because, as, that, etc.) are capitalized. Articles (a, an, the),
coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, for, nor [so, yet]),
and prepositions, regardless of length, are lowercased unless
they are the first or last word of the title or subtitle. . . .
They conclude that "considerations of
meaning and aesthetics can probably be
let in". In other words, the rules are sometimes broken,
depending on what seems appropriate at the moment. Still, rules
should be understood before you berak them.
How does this relate to WordPerfect? WordPerfect
stores exceptions to the rules for initial capitalization
(i.e., when you use Edit, Convert Case, Initial Capitals) in
a normal WP file, WTNNXX.ICR (where NN is your WordPerfect version
number and XX is your language version). Words in this file will
be not be capitalized when the Initial Capitals feature
The WTNNXX.ICR file can be edited as any other
WP file, to add or delete words (punctuation is ignored). However,
it does not contain a comprehensive list of prepositions (see
the CMS quote above). In any case, many such words can also be
nouns, adverbs, or adjectives. So, bear in mind that if you use
WP's Initial Capitals feature with titles or headlines, you may
want to inspect the conversion to ensure it meets standard rules
such as those embodied in the CMS, or that it meets aesthetic
needs [e.g., John Updikes Rabbit is Rich (lower
case "i") makes more sense than Rabbit Is Rich
(upper case "I"), even though the rule says the word
"is" should be capitalized, and WP will dutifully capitalize
On top of this, for some reason there is a
large difference in the exception lists for the US/CE language
versions of the .ICR file (which contain 70 words) and the UK/OZ
versions (13 words). For example, the letter "a" is
not in the UK/OZ exception files, and the conjunction "nor"
is missing in all four English language lists, which means it
will always be capitalized.
WordPerfect is a computer program, after all.
Don't expect it to take the place of your own judgment.