I’m used to the following terms:
- small capitals
- title case
- sentence case
- lower case
- upper case
This one (in an editor’s style sheet) threw me: minimal capitals.
At first I thought she meant small capitals, and checked with the other editors, who said they didn’t know what was meant. I looked on the internet for some examples but didn’t have much luck. As far as I can make out, it is a vague way of saying “as few capitals as possible.”
I didn’t think she meant that – she was differentiating between ‘bold capitals’, ‘minimal capitals bold’ and ‘minimal capitals without bold’. As for small capitals, nobody was using them in the entire document. I decided that’s what she probably meant anyway, but my sister thinks it’s supposed to mean ‘sentence case’. That sounds more likely… but what’s wrong with just saying ‘sentence case’?
It doesn’t actually matter, as all that’s wanted at this stage is consistency, and nobody bothered to follow the style sheet. But it bothers me. Is it a recognized term, ‘minimal caps’? Sometimes I prefer working on my own, it’s less confusing…