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DCMP Captioning Key

Language Mechanics

  1. Spelling and Capitalization
  2. Punctuation and Grammar
Language mechanics incorporate the proper use of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and other factors deemed necessary for high-quality captioned media. Rules included in these guidelines are primarily those which are unique to captioning and speech-to-text. For conventional words, dictionaries and style guides must be followed. Proper names, technical terms, and specialized language must be verified though specialty references or directly from an authoritative source.

Spelling and Capitalization

Punctuation and Grammar


Hyphens and Dashes


Quotation Marks



Use italics as follows:

Exceptions to the use of italics include:


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