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Capitalization

Capitalization helps communicate the importance of specific words and can be used to indicate a change in meaning. To keep this effective, we need to limit what we capitalize.

Basics

  • As of February 2023, use title case for three types of UI content:
    • Page titles
    • Left navigation (main navigation)
    • Titles on All Capabilities page tiles
  • Use sentence case the rest of the time.
  • Capitalize the first letter of proper nouns (product names, countries, acronyms, and people's names) regardless of where they appear in a sentence.
  • Capitalize product names as described on the page Product and capabilities: capitalization, trademarks, and usage.
  • Don't capitalize articles (a, an, the) or prepositions (of, on, for, in, to, with, etc.) unless they're at the beginning of a sentence.
DoDon't
Top 5 transaction tracesTop 5 Transaction Traces
New Relic is a proper noun.New relic is a proper noun.
Try the new dashboards.Try the new Dashboards.
Statue of LibertyStatue Of Liberty

Capitalization by location

Copy typeExample
Left navigation, page title, capability tileErrors Inbox
Subheading, body copy, etc.Explore and triage all your errors in one place with errors inbox.
Button, link, etc.Explore errors inbox

Title case

Copy typeExample
Navigation or page titleErrors Inbox, Metrics & Events, Service Levels
Proper nouns in any locationSend your Amazon CloudWatch logs to New Relic.

Sentence case

Copy typeExample
bits of dataKb, Mb, Gb
Subheadings and chart namesSlowest 5 transactions
ButtonsCreate a dashboard
Descriptions and body copyHave you tried the new errors inbox?

Lowercase

Copy typeExample
1 bit of data1 b
File extensionsjson, gif, pdf
Metrics over timerpm, ppm

Uppercase

Copy typeExample
Bytes of dataB, KB, MB
Abbreviated numbers above 9991 k, 1 M, 1 B
AcronymsAPI, CDN, HTTP
Time zonesPDT, CST, BCN
Time periodsAM or PM

Units of measurement

Memory, bandwidth, and drive space abbreviations have varied rules for capitalization.

  • Always include a space between the value and unit of measurement.
  • A single bit of data is lowercase (b) whereas 1,204+ bits is sentence case (13 Kb).
  • Bytes are always uppercase (13 KB, 512 MB).

Weights and distance are lowercase with no periods after the abbreviation (ft, lbs, km).

DoDon't
32 Kb/s32 kb/s
16 s16s
0.43 MB.43 MB
15 ft15 ft.
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