What are small caps?
Put simply — small caps are lowercase letters that resemble uppercase letters:
Aaa Bbb Ccc
When to use small caps?
Small caps are a subtle way to add emphasis to your writing.
They’re an authoritative and official looking alternative to italics or boldface — and quieter than ALLCAPS.
You can use them wherever you feel it’s right, but they have some specific uses too:
They're often used instead of ALLCAPS to print acronyms, preventing them from seeming SHOUTED.
Acronyms are spoken as a single word e.g. unesco, nasa, gif
Initialisms are spoken letter by letter e.g. sos, dvd, ufo
Garner's Modern American Usage
am and pm
Though not a rule—many editors prefer to uses small caps for am and pm.
e.g. class starts at 8 am and finishes at 4 pm
At the beginning of a paragraph
Some publications use small caps for the first few words of an article or chapter in a book. Usually to help the reader transition from a drop capital into regular lowercase letters.
So, how does this tool work?
This tool replaces standard Unicode characters with non-standard ones—mostly characters used in the International Phonetic Alphabet:
International Phonetic Alphabet
ᴀ ʙ ᴄ ᴅ ᴇ ɢ ʜ ɪ ᴊ ᴋ ʟ ᴏ ᴘ ʀ ᴛ ᴜ ᴠ ᴡ ʏ ᴢ
ǫ s x
The IPA is a standardized system of phonetic notation—it’s used to represent the sound of language. You often see it in dictionary entries:
dingbat noun ding·bat |\ˈdiŋ-ˌbat\ 1 : a typographical symbol or ornament (such as *, ¶, or ✠)
These characters are not intended to be used as small caps, but in many contexts—including social media posts, bios and email—they’re the only option.
Where can you use these?
Everywhere — pretty much.
They work on reddit, instagram, facebook, twitter, and other social media sites.
You can use the small caps generator to name bookmarks and folders in your web browser.
Developers — they also work in title tags, the console, and even URLs.