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Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

I have a question regarding capitalization of "system"  titles in technical documents, i.e. specifications, scopes of work, design basis, etc.

Rather than try to explain it, below are two examples of how I've seen capitalization used.

Example 1:
The Chemical Injection System for Project X will consist of . . . blah blah blah.

Example. 2:
The chemical injection system for Project X will consist of . . . blah blah blah.

Is one of these more correct than the other? I've worked with engineers on both sides of the fence and find myself tending to capitalize more often than not. But I've also had reviewers of documents comment that it should not be capitalized.

This isn't really a hot topic, more just my own curiosity about what other engineers do. Any thoughts/opinions welcome.


RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

Example #1 says that "Chemical Injection System" is the proper name for the system being discussed.

Example #2 says that the system being discussed is just a chemical injection system.

RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

Here's the rule I use (some may disagree). I can tell if I need capitals by whether or not it sounds correct if you remove the indefinite article "the." If it does, I capitalize it. If it does not, I don't use capitals.

To use your example:

"Chemical Injection System for Project X will consist of . . . blah blah blah."

Say it out loud, and you can really determine it sounds wrong. This is not grammatically correct, therefore, I would not capitalize "chemical injection system."

"Project X will consist of . . . blah blah blah."

This is fine. "Project X" is capitalized correctly.

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RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

I think this is more of a convention within any given document than a grammatical rule.

Warnings will be in bold.  Cautions will be in italic.  System names will be capitalized.  

RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

IRStuff and Compositepro have it right I believe. If it is a proper name, e.g. something you might sell as the "Chemical Injection System MkV1", then capitalise. If THE 'HGTR MkVI' is a chemical injection system, then no capitalisation.

RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

We could always follow the Master Race and capitilize all nouns.

- Steve

RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

Shouldn't that be capitalise all Nouns?

RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

Depends on what the capitilization implies.  Chemical Injection System for Project X could be Chemical Injection System fOr ProjecT X - CISOPT X.

RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

If you want top marks, promotion, and the knowledge that nobody will have a clue what you're talking about then the original sentence should have read 'The CIS for Project X ....'  


RE: Capitalization of "system" titles in documents

Thanks everybody for the responses. Looking at what everybody has said, I guess this topic will remain a personal preference on the part of the reviewers and ultimately the client.


p.s. corus, I've tried that tactic, only to be foiled by the reviewers that want all acronyms to be spelled out at least once in the body of the report.

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