Skip to main content

Notice: this Wiki will be going read only early in 2024 and edits will no longer be possible. Please see: for the plan.

Jump to: navigation, search



Close attention should be paid to capitalization within dialogs and windows. Headline capitalization should be applied to all titles, menus, tooltips, tabs and push buttons. Sentence style capitalization should be applied to all check boxes, radio buttons and group labels.

Design Rationale

Consistent capitalization of text within a plug-in gives a polished look and feel. Additionally it provides a greater perception of quality.


“Run to Line” can be used as a menu item label.

“Choose an option for the Java file” can be used as a group label.


Use Headline style capitalization for menus, tooltip and all titles, including those used for windows, dialogs, tabs, column headings and push buttons. Capitalize the first and last words, and all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Do not include ending punctuation.

Use Sentence style capitalization for all control labels in a dialog or window, including those for check boxes, radio buttons, group labels, and simple text fields. Capitalize the first letter of the first word, and any proper names such as the word Java.

Back to the top