Avoid Typing in All Caps

ON THE INTERNET AND IN PRINT, IT HAS BECOME THE TRADITION THAT WORDS IN ALL CAPS MEAN YOU ARE SHOUTING. AS A GENERAL RULE, WE WANT TO AVOID SHOUTING AT THE WEBSITE VIEWERS. ALL CAPS PROVIDES ADDITIONAL CHALLENGES FOR ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES AS WELL!!

If you re-read the above paragraph, you might notice that it takes longer to read those words than it does to read a paragraph that is capitalized normally. This is because our eyes are used to using the shapes of the words as part of reading. With all caps, all the words have exactly the same shape to them. Nothing is above or below the line. People with reading and visual impairments will have much more trouble. Additionally, screen reader software will sometimes spell out words that are in all caps, rather than reading them.

If you absolutely require some text to be in all caps, there is a CSS solution that can provide that while still playing nice with screen readers. Contact a system administrator for help in setting this up.