As much as I found about how to use small caps, I can't seem to find when and why it should be used. I used to use small caps for names, e.g.

... we use a \textsc{Taylor}-approximation to show ...

But is that even correct, are there other uses for \textsc? Furthermore, should I capitalize "approximation" as well? I would appreciate some insights on this.

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    It's an aesthetic/style thing, unless you are expected to follow some typograpahic conventions. Some European conventions put authors' and editors' names in small caps; some North American legal style guides put the titles of books in small caps. Other people like to use small caps in headings; others like to use them for acronyms; others again for abbreviations. In novels or fiction, sometimes they are used for "shouting" in place of full capitals. When I have complete freedom, I tend only to use them (sometimes) for a certain heading level when there's more than one level in play. – jon Oct 19 '15 at 23:46
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    personally I use them for abbreviations. They are not actually read as a word. Those abbreviations need to be written in capitals. Having capitals in the flowing text looks stupid and you can sport them from a mile away. That is what I use small caps for. And I might have used them in the odd chapter style. – nonsense Oct 19 '15 at 23:48
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    I use them for some headings in some documents, sometimes for some abbreviations and for the letters immediately following a lettrine. I also sometimes use them in diagrams because they ensure consistent height/depth in nodes (for people's names, for instance). – cfr Oct 19 '15 at 23:53
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    Writing surnames in caps and small caps I'd tend to associate with French style more than anything else, in English mostly just acronyms and some titles. – David Carlisle Oct 19 '15 at 23:55
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic. It should be migtated to GraphicDesign, were also questions to typography are answered. – Mensch Oct 20 '15 at 0:42

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