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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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I have been toying with a program to detect incorrect capitalization of rating details. It's tricky because Invelos' capitalization rules are a bit obscure.

In the rules there is a capitalization tool (in the Titles page) that helps. But I seem to remember someone mentioning that the capitalization filter for Titles doesn't always agree with this capitalization tool. Does anyone know what discrepancies there may be, if any?

I want to try to exclude any grey areas, and only list capitalization that is unquestionably incorrect.
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Hi GSyren

I don't know if this is of any help at all, but here goes; As I understand it, the rules for Title capitalization and Rating capitalization are different.

Capitalization rules for the rating-field is;
"(...)"Capitalize all words except joining words such as "of", "the", "a", "in"(...)"

Capitalization rules for the title:
"(...)"per the Associated Press style title standard"(...)"


Here is a description of the updated AP rules;

The Associated Press (AP) 2020 Edition Stylebook Capitalization Rules :

1.) Capitalize the first and the last word.
2.) Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs (including phrasal verbs such as “play with”), adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
3.) Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
4.) Lowercase the second word in a compound modifier (e.g., Mid-year or On-site).
5.) Capitalize words with four or more letters (including conjunctions and prepositions).
6.) Capitalize both parts of a hyphenated word (new as of 4/25/23).
7.) Capitalize the ‘to’ in an infinitive (e.g., I Want To Play Guitar).

If the tool/program you are writing is for the rating-field only, it should be fairly straight-forward. Capitalize first letter of all words except conjunctions. If it's for both Tile and Rating field, you'll have to do some more programming.

(note that languages other than english may have different rules)
DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorGSyren
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Hm, that's even more confusing.

I don't think that there is an official definition of ”joining words”. You mentioned conjunctions. Well, as far as I can tell, ”a” and ”the” are not conjunctions, for example.

Is there a rule for hyphenated words if the Stylebook doesn't apply? The capitalization tool accepts both ”Sci-fi” and ”Sci-Fi” for example. That makes checking really tricky.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorAndyEN
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Confusing matters further is that sometimes which letters are capitalized is clearly an artistic choice that shouldn't be changed, e.g. eXistenz. Making the first e capital would distract from the filmmakers clearly wanting the X to stand out.
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