How to use small caps correctly

shielddesign's picture

Jane Smith, MEd, RD, LD

In my layout all of the above is small caps, but then they added the MEd to the layout and I don't know what the right thing is to do? This is a publication so I have to think about it being consistent with last issue also. Should i make only the d lowercase? make everything but the d uppercase?



Florian Hardwig's picture

Hi Ascender,

have a look at these threads:

Plural words that require small caps


kentlew's picture

This is precisely the pitfall of using small caps for academic abbreviations and why I generally recommend against it. PhD, which is more common, presents the same problem.

I don't think there's a good solution in your situation. Good luck.

shielddesign's picture

Well at least I know I am in good company not knowing what to do.

But what about the fact that her name is in small caps also? I could "fix" it by changing her name to all uppers and lowers, but then it would not be consistent with last issue.

If I wanted to keep her name in all small caps what should I do?

thanks again!

Nick Shinn's picture

There are three things you can do.

As it is a rare occurrence, a little manual work on the "d" is OK.

1. Reduce the size of lower case "d", then increase its weight by applying a "Stroke" value.
2. Use a "d" from a smaller optical size, if your typeface has one.
3. Choose a "d" from a related font that has the appropriate weight at the size.

shielddesign's picture

Thanks Nick,

That really works!

aluminum's picture

Seems like we need lowercase smallcaps. ;o)

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