texhax Digest, Vol 2020, Issue 46

Djones9976 djones9976 at aol.com
Mon Mar 16 17:29:28 CET 2020

Hello Murray,
Yes, you are right.  I read those manuals too and feel that their policy is the best one.   However, I checked a large number of previously published textbooks and found that most all non-technical books do follow the Chicago Manual of Style but all of the technical books in physics, chemistry, mathematics, etc capitalize every word no matter who published them.    For the next book I publish I think I will break with tradition and use the Chicago manual.  It doesn't make sense to capitalize every word unless its a proper noun or something like that.   I would have done it this time but I didn't uncover the problem until half way through and switched styles leaving an index with mixed styles which did not look good.  Thank you very much; I am glad to hear someone else bring up this problem.    D. W. Jones.

-----Original Message-----
From: Murray Eisenberg <murrayeisenberg at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: texhax Digest, Vol 2020, Issue 46

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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