From: email@example.com Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 17:10:13 +0100 Subject: Re: (urth) Shadowy reflections on an amazing article >
As an >editor, I can tell you that the US practice is to capitalize after a >colon if what follows is a complete sentence, and not to do so if what >follows is merely a list or not a full sentence. E.g.,
This is >what I meant: Blue and Green are not heaven and hell.
This is >what I bought: apples, oranges, and pears.
Although (to a UK typographer) that is correct it doesn't illustrate the point you made because Blue (In this context) is a proper noun and would be capitalized any way. [I almost wrote "in cany case" ;) ] The colon in UK English often provides for what *could* have been written as two independent sentences bing linked: thus a lower case initial letter would be used. Matthew --