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Drop cap[edit]

"Drop cap" redirects here. Are they synonyms or is there a difference? -- Tarquin 15:11, 29 August 2005 (UTC)


There is no reason for the example text to begin with a sentence about Wikipedia... wouldn't Lorem ipsum suffice? ~ Booya Bazooka 03:15, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

From Black, Roger (1991). Roger Black's Desktop Design Power. Bantam. p. p. 61. ISBN 0553347527.  : "For some reason, writers always seem to start paragraphs with an 'I' or a 'T,' rectilinear letters which don't add much to a page and can get repetitious in a hurry." Presumably, the same holds for L. NeonMerlin 14:56, 1 September 2006 (UTC)
I removed the self reference: [1]. It does look strange though because of the link. Perhaps the text should start with "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"? PleaseStand (talk) 23:06, 15 February 2010 (UTC)


It doesn't seem a good idea to me. Historiated could not be placed very prominently in Initial, and can be hugely expanded. Johnbod (talk) 03:59, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

HTML and Initial[edit]

Most of the hints to HTML in this page refer to blatantly bad advice. Tables as a layout device is an abuse and has been deprecated for years; also, there's no need to make the capital float. CSS3 offers a first-line and a first-letter pseudo-elements, that are fully supported in Opera, Safari and Firefox, but not in IE7 (I don't know about IE8). The correct HTML/CSS markup and style is a clean markup (in fact, the first letter has no special semantic value) and the use of said pseudo-elements in the stylesheet.

If nobody has anything to say about this, I'll go and edit the page, as I think it is highly "mis-educational" for web developers. Sk (talk) 14:58, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

File:Ornamental Alphabet - 16th Century.svg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:Ornamental Alphabet - 16th Century.svg will be appearing as picture of the day on October 5, 2010. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2010-10-05. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page so Wikipedia doesn't look bad. :) Thanks! howcheng {chat} 23:37, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Picture of the day
Ornamental initial letters

A set of 16th-century initial capitals, missing a few letters. An initial is a letter at the beginning of a work, chapter or paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. It is often several lines in height and in older books or manuscripts sometimes ornately decorated.

Artist: Unknown; Vectorization: JovanCormac
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In non-Latin scripts?[edit]

Are or were initials used in non-Latin scripts as well? I think I've seen them at least in a Greek bible once, but it would be nice if somebody with more knowledge could add some info on this. -- (talk) 18:34, 5 October 2010 (UTC)