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{{Smallcaps}} will display the lowercase part of your text as typographical small caps.

This template should be used sparingly, as markup should be kept simple. Ideally, this template should only be used by templates. In particular, it should not be used for any of the following:

  • Name/surname disambiguation; using capitalization for this purpose is uncommonly-used in English-speaking territories.
  • Markup up acronyms; standard capital letters should be used.
  • All-caps trademarks; these should be presented in regular title case.

Usage[edit source]

Your source text is not altered in the output, only the way it is displayed on the screen: a copy-paste of the text will give the small caps sections in their original form; similarly, an older or non-CSS browser will only display the original text on screen. This can be seen as a problem, solved with {{sc}}.

{{Smallcaps|Your Text in 4004 bc}}
Your Text in 4004 bc
Your Text in 4004 bc

Notes[edit source]

  • 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.

Code examples[edit source]

Code Display (screen)
Green tick {{Smallcaps|The ''Name'' of the 2<sup>nd</sup> Game}} The Name of the 2nd Game
Green tick Leonardo {{Smallcaps|DiCaprio}} (born 1974) Leonardo DiCaprio (born 1974)
Green tick José {{Smallcaps|Álvarez de Toledo y Gonzaga}} José Álvarez de Toledo y Gonzaga
Green tick {{Smallcaps|Nesbø, Vågen, Louÿs, Zúñiga, Kabaağaçlı}} Nesbø, Vågen, Louÿs, Zúñiga, Kabaağaçlı
When your text uses an = sign:
Red X {{Smallcaps|You and Me = Us}} {{{1}}}
Green tick {{Smallcaps|You and Me &#61; Us}} You and Me = Us
Green tick {{Smallcaps|You and Me {{=}} Us}} You and Me = Us
Green tick {{Smallcaps|1=You and Me = Us}} You and Me = Us
When your text uses a template:
Red X in {{Smallcaps|Fiddler's {{Green{{!}}Green}}}} forever Green}} forever
Green tick in {{Smallcaps|1=Fiddler's {{Green|Green}}}} forever in Fiddler's Green forever
Green tick in {{Smallcaps|Fiddler's {{Green|Green}}}} forever in Fiddler's Green forever
Green tick {{Green|1=in {{Smallcaps|Fiddler's Green}} forever}} in Fiddler's Green forever
When your text uses a | pipe:
Red X {{Smallcaps|Before|afteR}} Before
Red X {{Smallcaps|1=Before{{!}}afteR}} afteR
Green tick {{Smallcaps|Before&#124;afteR}} Before|afteR
When your text uses a link:
Red X [[w:{{Smallcaps|Mao}} Zedong]] [[w:Mao Zedong]]
Green tick [[w:Mao Zedong|{{Smallcaps|Mao}} Zedong]] Mao Zedong

Reasons to use small caps[edit source]

Small caps are useful for encyclopedical and typographical uses including:

To lighten ALL-CAPS surnames mandated by citation styles such as Harvard
  • Piccadilly has been compared to "a Parisian boulevard" (Dickens 1879).
  • Dickens, C., Jr (1879). "Piccadilly" in Dickens's Dictionary of London. London: C. Dickens.[1]

Technical[edit source]

Technically, the template merely wraps the standard:

<span style="font-variant:small-caps;"> ... </span>

(The "font-variant:small-caps;text-transform:lowercase" has not been used because it does not work at least in Internet Explorer 5 and 6, which are still fairly common browsers.)

See also[edit source]

Templates that change the display (copy-paste will get the original text):

Magic words that rewrite the output (copy-paste will get the text as displayed):

  • {{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