texhax Digest, Vol 2020, Issue 46

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 15:15:32 CET 2020

It is not “generally accepted” that initial letters of index entries must be capitalized. For example, the index to "The Chicago Manual of Style” does _not_ do that!  At least some book published by the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Press do _not_ do that. At least some book published by O’Reilly Media do _not_ do that.

It depends on the publisher’s own house style. And if there is no such house style, then it may depend on the series’s style, or the copy editor’s preference, or, finally, the author’s preference.

> On5 Mar 2020 21:03:29, Djones9976 <djones9976 at aol.com> wrote:
> To: texhax at tug.org
> Subject: Capitalization of index entries
> ...
> I completed a manuscript for a book making entries for words I wanted to index using the command \index{xxxxx} or \index{Xxxxx} if I wanted to capitalize the word in the index.? Now I find that the generally accepted rule is to capitalize all words whether they are capitalized in the text or not.? ?Is there a way that I can correct all my \index{xxxxx} entries to read \index{Xxxxx} without changing them one by one?

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