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Summary
references at beginning of sentence not capitalized
Type
Change
Raised by
tyrel
Date opened
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Description
A figure reference at the beginning of a sentence does not correctly have the word “figure” capitalized. The same probably goes for equation and table references.
Importance
5
Proposed solution
Given the difficulty of detecting the start of sentences, simply changing the reference template to something like “Figure #” instead of “figure #” would be the easiest solution. This would also bring the publishing software inline with how MS Word handles references. I say MS Word because I’m sure most people here are looking for a viable alternative to MS Word.
Urgency
5
Status
Closed
Resolution
There are 2 possible solutions.
  1. In local/config.php, redefine $FigureReferenceFmt, which in the PDF defaults to array('EQ' => '$[equation]', 'FIG' => '$[figure]', 'TAB' => '$[table]'). For the HTML, also redefine the $EquationPrefix, which is set by default to ‘equation’. The site administrator can do this.
  2. We introduce new markup variants: Eq(id), Fig(id), and Tab(id) which cause the first letter of the prefix to be turned into upper case. This would allow an author to start a sentence with, for example, Fig(id) and elsewhere use FIG(id). There is a precedent for this in the behaviour of cite(key) and Cite(key), where the latter covers the case of a citation which normally starts with a lower case letter, but needs to be capitalised at the start of a sentence. For a working example, see the very end of Latex Equations.

Included in version 2.1.8; see Tuesday, 6 November 2007. A case can be made to change EQ TAB and FIG markup to eq tab and fig, for consistency with cite and Cite markup.

Date closed
Tuesday, 6 November 2007

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