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I have a table with the following column descriptions.:

|   Titel    | bisheriges Ablaufdatum | neues Ablaufdatum |
|:-----------|-----------------------:|:-----------------:|
|   First    |      10.12.2015        |     10.12.2018    |

Is it good practice to have an upper case letter for the first character of the table column name in the GUI?

So instead of bisheriges Ablaufdatum better Bisheriges Ablaufdatum?

|   Titel    | Bisheriges Ablaufdatum | Neues Ablaufdatum |
|:-----------|-----------------------:|:-----------------:|
|   First    |      10.12.2015        |     10.12.2018    |

I think it looks nicer if the first letter is uppercase.

Maybe it is irrelevant? Is there a common pratice for this?

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In English it is standard practice to capitalize each word in a heading. It looks "wrong" to native English readers. However this is not necessarily the case in other languages.

If your target audience are English speakers then the answer is a clear-cut yes. Capitalize Each Word. (There are exceptions but this works as a general rule.)

Here is what to capitalize:

  • All words of four or more letters, no matter what or where the words are (more on this rule later)
  • The first word of the title and of the subtitle
  • The last word of the title
  • ALL OTHER WORDS except conjunctions (and, or, but, nor, yet, so, for), articles (a, an, the), and short prepositions (in, to, of, at, by, up, for, off, on).

The Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications does not capitalize four-letter prepositions.

The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago) and The MLA Handbook don't capitalize any prepositions--unless, for all three manuals, the word fits in category 2 or 3 above.

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  • Just an example to make sure I understood the rules correctly: "Why Are Good Answers on StackExchange Hard to Come By?" May 29 '15 at 9:20
  • 1
    @DmitryGrigoryev - Perfect.
    – Mayo
    May 29 '15 at 10:44

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