Behind the scenes here at EzineArticles, we’re very data-driven in our decision making and we discovered that a large number of our article QC rejections (when the 2nd human Editor rejects the acceptance of our 1st human Editor’s article approval) were because of “Article Title Violation.”
Meaning: The article title didn’t get the First Character Capitalized in the majority of cases.
So our developers wrote a new routine that intercepts the article title, detects if the first letter of each word is capitalized or not and if not, automatically Capitalizes the first letter. This subtle change improved many of our Editors QC score by a full percentage point.
A few complaints came in that authors didn’t like that we were automatically capitalizing every letter in their article title… so we’re writing a new rule today that will exclude these words from automatic-first-letter-capitalization:
to, is, in, on, it, and, at, by, a, an
…Because our Editorial Guidelines currently state these do not need to be capitalized.
Question: Are there any other letters or short-words we should add to our list of words used in article titles that should not be auto-first-letter-capitalized?
Why do we do this First Letter Capitalized In The Article Title thing?
It’s a site-consistency thing to give our users an experience of congruency of style.