The following question capitalizes non-English words:

What is the difference between NABI and RASUL?

I believe this will hurt readability.

How should titles such as this be handled? Should there be quotation marks (when appropriate) around the words, and should they be treated analogous to English words?

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I "find" frequent "quotation" marks just "makes" things awkward to "read". And CAPITALIZING words in THE middle of A SENTENCE isn't really MUCH better.

I generally just italicize the non-English words, possibly followed by the translation (in parentheses). Much more legible.

  • What about non-English words in titles? Jun 24, 2012 at 18:33
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    for titles, quotes make sense for 'What does "term" mean?' questions, but otherwise i would just treat them as regular words. no capitals or anything. can't remember if you can italicize in titles, but i probably wouldn't bother.
    – goldPseudo Mod
    Jun 24, 2012 at 18:37

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