Think you're clever? Can you name each of these CASING styles?
How many of these capitilization styles can you name?
I'll give you a clue, the first one is "UPPERCASE"
- ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES HOMER SOMETHING SOMETHING
- all work and no play makes homer something something
- All Work And No Play Makes Homer Something Something
- All work and no play makes homer something something
- All wOrk And nO plAy mAkEs hOmEr sOmEthIng sOmEthIng
- alL woRk AnD No plAy MAkeS HOMer sOMetHInG sOmetHING
Take your time. Look through them carefully. One at a time, out loud, say what each of them is called.
Scroll down for the answers.
Easy one first up:
1. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES HOMER SOMETHING SOMETHING
That's uppercase. Letters A-Z.
2. all work and no play makes homer something something
...lowercase, letters a-z.
3. All Work And No Play Makes Homer Something Something
...Title Case, the first letter of each word is capitalized.*
Good old PascalCase... words are smashed together, with the first word capitalized.
PascalCase's close relative, camelCase... words are smashed together, with the first word not-capitalized.
6. All work and no play makes homer something something
Sentence case... all words lowercase, but the first letter capitalized.
Snake case: underscores as word separators.
Combine snake_case with UPPERCASE and you get C_CONSTANT_CASE.
This is kebab-case, great for URL fragments, it's lowercase with each word separated by a hyphen.
This is Train-Case, the slightly shouty cousin of kebab-case.
11. All wOrk And nO plAy mAkEs hOmEr sOmEthIng sOmEthIng
You might have to pay attention to spot that this is vOwEl cAsE - where vowels are sent to UPPERCASE.
12. alL woRk AnD No plAy MAkeS HOMer sOMetHInG sOmetHING
And this is an exmple of Sponge Bob Case, where letters are randomly assigned a case; it's different every time, and hard to detect. You can't disprove that every one of the above examples is ALSO an example of Sponge Bob case. That's the thing about random ;-)
Here's a NimbleText pattern that demonstrates all of the above.
Yeh, this fun and educational content is also a promo for NimbleText...
This example lets you play with all the different casing styles and generate your own in a snap!
Thanks to Doeke Zanstra for the idea of vOwEl cAsE.
* For a more nuanced take on Title Case (for professional writers) try the title case converter tool, which can apply complex house styles, like Chicago, APA.Next → ← Previous
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