Convert a string to "Title Case"

echo "this is a test" | sed 's/.*/\L&/; s/[a-z]*/\u&/g'
Converts the first letter of each word to upper case
Sample Output
$ echo "this is a test" | sed 's/.*/\L&/; s/[a-z]*/\u&/g'
This Is A Test
$

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By: SuperFly
2011-01-06 13:09:49

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What Others Think

Aw man, only works on Linux, not on BSD/Mac OS X.
Volt · 388 weeks and 6 days ago
These don't convert to title case. Title case is different than capitalizing the first letter of each word.
nivek1385 · 149 weeks and 2 days ago
While it may not be "proper" title case, it certainly goes a long way to doing most of the work for you.
pdwalker · 94 weeks and 2 days ago
Volt, either install a gnu compatible sed under MacOSX, or rewrite it to use the MacOSX sed syntax.
pdwalker · 94 weeks and 2 days ago

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