possessives

Dear Typophile,

What is the convention when mixing small caps and lower case in the same word?

For instance, if I am setting all abbreviations in small caps, I might have the phrase ‘he had two DVDs on his shelf’. How do I stop it looking like ‘he had two DVDS on his shelf’ (you have to imagine these large caps are small caps!).

Another example might be a possessive. ‘the new DVD’s cover was blank’. In theory it's okay, but in some typefaces the lower case S actually comes out larger than the small caps, which looks a little striking.

Are there any conventions here? Or tips people have found from experience look best when mixing small caps and lower case in the same word?

All best wishes,

Drudge

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