Should a Lowercase Letter Follow a Colon?

An e-mail exchange from June 2000 with Eric Wirth, an assistant editor at the Modern Language Association.

Q: I was taught that a lowercase, not an uppercase, letter should follow a colon, except when the idea of the sentence after the colon is sustained by the subsequent sentence(s).

A: See Chicago 5.103 and page 57 in the MLA Handbook. They basically agree.

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