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Capitalization (3.4f)

The Capitalization check looks for words that might be incorrectly capitalized.

The capitalization check depends on three inventories:

  1. the Mixed Capitalization inventory,
  2. the Punctuation Followed by a Lowercase Letter inventory
  3. and the Markers followed by a lowercase letter inventory.

To view the inventories,

  1. Open the menu for the project.
  2. Expand the menu.
  3. Hover over Checking Inventories.
  4. The three inventories that this capitalization check depends on are listed together at the bottom of the menu.

Mixed Capitalization Inventory

Some languages capitalize the root of a proper noun, even when it is not the first letter due to a prefix.

  1. Open the Mixed Capitalization Inventory
  2. Click the column heading for Mixed Capitalization Word
    • The table is sorted by word to more easily see patterns.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Enter lowercase prefixes
  5. Click Capitalized Prefixes
  6. Enter the capitalized forms.
  7. Click OK.
    • The forms with those prefixes have been removed from the list.
  8. Go back into the Options dialog and add any others as well.
  9. Click OK.

Any remaining forms will be flagged by the Capitalization check.

Markers followed by a lowercase letter

This inventory is where you identify markers that don’t have to be followed by a capital letter. These are markers that can occur in the middle of a sentence.

  1. Open the inventory.
  2. Click the Count column to sort the most frequent ones to the top.
  3. Use Valid and Invalid to mark each marker.
  4. Click OK to save the work done in the inventory.

Punctuation followed by a lowercase letter

This inventory lists all the times a punctuation character is followed by a lowercase letter.

Use the Valid and Invalid buttons for each punctuation character.


You should not choose Valid unless that punctuation can always be followed by a lowercase letter.

  1. It can be helpful to check the box ‘Show sequences’.
    • The dialog then also lists unique sequences of punctuation which are followed by a lowercase letter.
  2. Click Options
  3. Add any abbreviations that end in a full stop or period.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click OK.

    The more thoroughly you work through those inventories to mark what is valid and invalid or to specify patterns though the Options dialogs, the fewer false issues will be found when you run the Capitalization check.

Run Check from Assignments and Progress dialog

  1. Open the Assignments and Progress dialog.
  2. To view the issues, click the issue count.
    • Paratext opens a panel or updates one to show the Capitalization issues.
  3. Double-click the item in the list.
    • The project window scrolls to show the text in question and selects the text Paratext thinks is potentially wrong.
  4. Make the corrections.
  5. Click Rerun.

    You need to have permission to edit the relevant chapter to make the corrections.

Setup Required

If Paratext determines that even more work on the inventories would be helpful before you run the check, it will display Setup Required instead of the numbers of issues.

This can happen even if you have worked on the inventories but left a few things undecided.

Run Check across a range of books

  1. Open the menu for the project
  2. Under Tools, click Run Basic Checks.
  3. Select the Capitalization check and the book range you wish to check.
  4. Click OK.
    • Paratext opens a panel or updates one to show the Capitalization issues.