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Dealing w/proper nouns w/lower case initials

Thanks to freaks of nature like "eBay" and Apple ("iPod") we have proper nouns that begin in lower case. What do we do when these words are at the beginning of sentences? I spelled "EBay" at the beginning of a sentence last week, but it looked weird. What's to be done about "xu4" at the beginning of sentences, and for that matter, in titles? The Codex seems a big skitso about it. Ultima IV has it with an upper case initial (at least sometimes) and the name of this article has it that way, too. AngusM 18:07, September 15, 2010 (UTC)

I'd look up some examples of the afore-mentioned proper nouns, but it seems like the solutions are to either (a) stick with the lower-case or (b) avoid situations where they must start a sentence. It isn't that hard. --Polygoncount 18:59, September 15, 2010 (UTC)
This problem comes up excessively rarely, so I'd just say re-write the offending sentences and forget that it ever happened. Dungy 00:08, September 16, 2010 (UTC)
Well, that's not a bad idea. So what do we do about the article name? AngusM 03:39, September 16, 2010 (UTC)
How's that? -- Fenyx4 04:00, September 16, 2010 (UTC)
Excellent! What happens if we try to make the name of the article lower case? I guess I'm about to find out why it's impossible. AngusM 02:40, September 20, 2010 (UTC)
Are you not currently seeing the name of the article as lowercase? -- Fenyx4 04:46, September 20, 2010 (UTC)
Well, I am and I'm not. It appears on the page as lower case, but the URL has it in upper case. It also appears in upper case in my contribs. Also, notice that the "Edit" link is missing from section header here. It just would have been safer if we were allowed to specify the article name in lower case. AngusM 05:38, September 20, 2010 (UTC)
It seems that MediaWiki must have every article name/link with the first letter capitalized. The best that can be done is the "DISPLAYTITLE" attribute that it already has, which shows the title of the article, on the HTML rendered page, without the first letter capitalized.
As everything else has been agreed on, I'm removing the banner.--Sega381 13:54, October 12, 2010 (UTC)