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{{Nocaps|yOuR tExT}} will (in most browsers) display upper- or mixed-case text in, and (in many browsers) permanently convert it to, full lowercase.

Usage[edit]

Your source text will be altered in many browsers (a copy-paste will not give it in its original form):

In: {{Nocaps|The ''Name'' of the Game}}
Out: The Name of the Game
Pasted: Incorrectly as "the name of the game" or correctly as "The Name of the Game", depending on browser.

You can use this template to control the display of the variable output of magic words and of other templates.[dubious ]

Technical notes[edit]

  • This template is a wrapper for <span class="allcaps" style="text-transform: lowercase;">...</span> – This method cannot be relied upon because it does not work at least in Internet Explorer 5 and 6, which are still fairly common browsers, and it is implemented inconsistently in others, such that it copy-pastes as the original text in Firefox, but as the altered text in Chrome, Safari, Opera, and text-only browsers.
  • Preferably do not subst: it because the result will not be an lowercase source text but the original text wrapped in HTML code making it appear lowercase, so it is more efficient for this purpose to simply rewrite the text in uppercase, or use "{{subst:uc: ...text...}}" to store uppercase text into the page. You can also use the template in edit mode, then copy-paste the result from preview mode into the editing field, replacing the original material and the template.
  • Diacritics (å, ç, é, ğ, ı, ñ, ø, ş, ü, etc.) are handled. However, because the job is performed by each reader's browser, inconsistencies in CSS implementations can lead to some browsers not converting certain rare diacritics.
  • Use of this template does not generate any automatic categorization. As with most templates, if the argument contains an = sign, the sign should be replaced with {{=}}, or the whole argument be prefixed with 1=. And for wikilinks, you need to use piping. There is a parsing problem with MediaWiki which causes unexpected behavior when a template with one style is used within a template with another style.
  • There is a problem with dotted and dotless I. {{Lang|tr|{{Smallcaps|ı i}}}} gives you ı i, although the language is set to Turkish.
  • Do not use this inside Citation Style 1 or Citation Style 2 templates, or this template's markup will be included in the COinS metadata. This means that reference management software such as Zotero will have entries corrupted by the markup. For example, if {{smallcaps}} is used to format the surname of Bloggs, Joe in {{cite journal}}, then Zotero will store the name as <span style="font-variant:small-caps;">Bloggs</span>, Joe. This is incorrect metadata. If the article that you are editing uses a citation style that includes small caps, either format the citation manually (see examples below) or use a citation template that specifically includes small caps in its formatting, like {{Cite LSA}}.
  • This template will not affect the use of HTML character entities like &nbsp;.

Comparison of the case transformation templates[edit]

Template Shortcut Purpose Example Output Copy-pastes as
{{Smallcaps}} {{sc1}}
{{SC}}
No conversion, small-caps display, mixed case.
No font size change (acronyms are unaffected).
Common mixed-case heading style (not in Wikipedia).
Uses: Rendering publication titles in citation styles that require them in small-caps.
{{sc1|UNICEF}} and 312&nbsp;{{sc1|BCE}}

{{sc1|Mixed Case}}

UNICEF and 312 BCE

Mixed Case

UNICEF and 312 BCE

Mixed Case

{{Smallcaps2}} {{sc2}} No conversion, small-caps display, mixed case.
Slightly reduced font size.
This is the conventional display of smallcaps for acronyms/initialisms in modern book typography.
Other uses: Unicode character names (use {{Unichar}}).
{{sc2|UNICEF}} and 312&nbsp;{{sc2|BCE}}

{{sc2|Mixed Case}}

UNICEF and 312 BCE

Mixed Case

UNICEF and 312 BCE

Mixed Case

{{Smallcaps all}} {{sc}} Lowercase conversion, small-caps display, all uppercase.
The size of lowercase letters.
Uses: Stressed syllables (in {{Respell}}); and ???.
Warning: Default use will permanently change UPPER- or Mixed-Case data,
does not work consistently across different browsers,
and is not compatible with named HTML character entities.
{{sc|UNICEF}} and 312&nbsp;{{sc|BCE}}

{{sc|Mixed Case}}

UNICEF and 312 BCE

MIXED CASE

unicef and 312 bce

mixed case
(in many browsers)

{{Allcaps}} {{caps}} Uppercase conversion, all-caps display.
The size of uppercase letters.
Uses: ???.
Warning: Will permanently change lower- or Mixed-Case data,
does not work consistently across different browsers,
and is not compatible with named HTML character entities.
{{caps|UNICEF}} and 312&nbsp;{{caps|BCE}}

{{caps|Mixed Case}}

UNICEF and 312 BCE

Mixed Case

UNICEF and 312 BCE

MIXED CASE
(in many browsers)

{{Nocaps}}   Lowercase conversion, all-lowercase display.
The size of lowercase letters.
Uses: ???.
Warning: Will permanently change UPPER- or Mixed-Case data,
and does not work consistently across different browsers.
{{nocaps|UNICEF}} and 312&nbsp;{{nocaps|BCE}}

{{nocaps|Mixed Case}}

UNICEF and 312 BCE

Mixed Case

unicef and 312 bce

mixed case
(in many browsers)

See also[edit]

  • {{Fixcaps}} – capitalizes or lowercases words (mostly used to repair paragraphs written by new editors in all-caps or all-lowercase {{fixcaps|pLAy/tHE/GamE}} → Play the Game
  • {{Capitalization}} – banner-style template indicating an article needs capitalization cleanup
  • {{R from other capitalisation}} – for categorizing WP:Redirects from titles to article (or other pages) where the redirect is just a different capitalization
  • {{Template capitalization}} – ??

Magic words that rewrite the output (copy-paste will get the text as displayed, not as entered):

  • {{lc:}} – lower case output of the full text
  • {{uc:}} – upper case output of the full text
  • {{lcfirst:}} – lower case output of the first character only
  • {{ucfirst:}} – upper case output of the first character only