Should a word after a slash at the beginning of a sentence be capitalized?


  1. Risk/Issue management
  2. Risk/issue management

I would guess the first one is correct because "Issue" would be an alternative beginning due to the slash.

  • You are right, thought not quite "because Issue would be an alternative beginning" but because both "Risk" and "Issue" have context-sensitive meanings. Here these words mean exactly as defined for the purpose of the context and not the general meaning.
    – Kris
    Aug 29 '13 at 8:34
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    I cannot quite follow you. What is difference between context-sensitive and general meaning and why does it impact the capitalization?
    – Achim A
    Aug 29 '13 at 11:33

For a sentence, only capitalise the first word:

Risk/issue management is important because it will help you highlight ...

For a title, capitalise all words as usual:

Risk/Issue Management

Alternatively reword to remove the slash:

Risk and Issue Management

Risk and issue management is important because it will help you highlight ...

  • I think here slash is used for the or risk or issue management?
    – Java D
    Aug 31 '13 at 11:15
  • Well, if you're managing them, you want to manage both.
    – Hugo
    Aug 31 '13 at 12:05
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    Any references to back this up?
    – mplungjan
    Aug 31 '13 at 14:25
  • Actually it should be an example for "Risk OR issue management"
    – Achim A
    Sep 1 '13 at 11:30

The Slash [ / ]

The slash is also known as the solidus, the slant, the oblique or oblique stroke or simply the stroke.


to show alternatives:

(i) Your coach/train/boat/plane ticket;

(ii) He/she should go...

Both the forward slash (/) and the backslash () are used in computing.

  • Here there is a space and upper case is kept: UCLA.edu

slash (/)

Add one space after a slash.

Payroll/ Personnel

receipt/ invoice

  • The second link seems to be broken
    – Achim A
    Aug 26 '13 at 7:57
  • So in conclusion both variations seems to be possible?
    – Achim A
    Aug 26 '13 at 7:58
  • The conclusion so far is that British suggest not and UCLA's rules suggest to keep the initial cap. See new link. Perhaps it is session based :(
    – mplungjan
    Aug 26 '13 at 7:59
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    That extra space in the UCLA suggestion looks messy. Maybe it's just a way of fooling some specific search or line-break function into treating the second option as a whole word?
    – DavidR
    Aug 26 '13 at 8:16
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    @mplungjan Re:"The conclusion so far" That doesn't surprise me. We Brits have a tendency to capitalise less than AmE does in other areas also, e.g. in titles & headings.
    – TrevorD
    Aug 26 '13 at 14:41

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