I have a paragraph that is drop capped and begins with the word ‘U.K.’ Currently, the CSS (cascading style sheet) standard for Web browsers is to include the period following the ‘U’ in the drop cap, so ‘U.’ would be in the larger, dropped font, while ‘K.’ would appear normal. Is this implementation in line with current grammatical standards, or should the period not be larger and dropped? Alternatively, should the periods be eliminated here altogether?
EDIT: I understand this is a style question and not a ‘grammatical’ question. Can someone tell me what the MLA style guide would tell one to do in this situation? I know the MLA guide mentions drop caps, so I’m assuming they are considered part of writing style, but if the answer really is that the style is ambiguous, I would appreciate hearing that answer as well.
U.K. can’t grammatically start a sentence because it would have to be The U.K. and this is true for all countries that contain the word “of”.
England is just England just as North America is North America, but the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland needs the article The just like The United States of America does.
An exception would be if either U.K. or U.S. are used as adjectives. For example, it’s correct to say “U.S. citizens are eligible for tax deductions”.
As for the typography and design aspect, if you were starting a sentence with an abbreviation you would still only turn the first letter into an initial (drop cap). Typically, you would plan ahead though, and if a main idea caused something like this to occur you would probably not use a drop cap at all, or not abbreviate.