"Old School" Format for Capitalizing Song Titles

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#1 : 17/06-15 19:49
Jim Considine
Jim Considine
Posts: 3
First, let me thank you for all the time that Advanced Renamer has saved me. Folks like me who are finicky (or obsessive) about adhering to a format style appreciate a helping hand that doesn't squawk about doing it the right way, once.

Just a brief note to the majority of normal folks who don't find it necessary to submit themselves to such torture. I am a byproduct of 1960's Roman Catholic parochial schooling reinforced by a father who was a career military officer had no concept of the term "wiggle" room. In addition my father and his parents were Jesuit educated, which did not bode well for the wigglers. Before that is it guaranteed they were towing the line all the way back in Cork.

Returning to my question, I follow the AP Style of formatting titles. The rules and specificities do not lend itself to a simple adaption for Advanced Renamers. However, I was wondering if it is possible to create a simple "cheater's" version of the AP Stylebook for Advanced Renamer. Here is what I am hoping to accomplish. Is it possible to get AR to capitalize all words ...


a, and, the (popular articles)
and, but, (popular conjunctions)
at, by, for, from, in, into, of, off, on, onto, out, over, to, up, with (popular prepositions, less than 5 letters)

I would be happy if you could show me how to create these exceptions when capitalizing the first letter of each word. It would be the responsibility of the user to apply the myriad of exceptions and adaptions.

In case anyone is interested, I will paste a one page cheat sheet for following the AP Stylebook of capitalization of song titles, movie titles, book titles, etc.

Jim Considine


Capitalization Rules for Song Titles
Provided by Standard MIDI Files on the Net

1. The first and last words are always capitalized, and all except the words listed below are capitalized.

2. These are lower-case, unless they are the first word or last word.
• articles: a, an, the
• conjunctions: and, but, or, nor
• prepositions that are less than five letters long: at, by, for, from, in, into, of, off, on, onto, out, over, to, up, with
• as (only if it is followed by a noun)

3. Prepositions are sometimes capitalized.
• Prepositions are capitalized when they are the first or last word.
• Prepositions that are part of two-word "phrasal verbs" (Come On, Hold On, etc....) are capitalized.
• Prepositions that are over four letters long. (across, after, among, beyond, ...)

4. These short words are capitalized.
Some people occasionally forget to capitalize these.
• also, be, if, than, that, thus, when
• as (if it is followed by a verb)

These are some phrases in which the preposition needs to be capitalized.

Beat Up
Blow Out
Break Down
Break Into
Break Up
Bring Up
Call Off
Call On
Call Up
Carry On
Come Back
Come Down
Come On
Come Out
Come Over
Do Over
Fill In
Fill Out
Find Out
Get Along
Get Around
Get By
Get Over
Get Through
Get Up
Give Back
Give Up
Go Along
Go Away
Go On
Go Over
Hand In
Hang Up
Hold On
Keep On
Keep Up
Leave Out
Let Down
Look For
Look Into
Look Like
Look Out
Look Over
Look Up
Make Out
Make Up
Pack Up
Pass Out
Pick Out
Pick Up
Put Away
Put Off
Put On
Put Out
Put Up
Roll Over
Run Into
Run Out
Run Over
Show Up
Take After
Take Back
Take Off
Take On
Take Up
Talk Back
Talk Over
Throw Away
Try On
Turn Down
Turn In
Turn Off
Turn On
Use Up
Wait On

17/06-15 19:49