- Spell out US state names when not used as contact information. When abbreviating, use standard two-letter postal abbreviations for states and Canadian provinces.
- US and UK are used for United States and United Kingdom in adjective form (US users, UK users).
- GmbH, NW are used without periods.
- Inc., Ltd., Ext, are used with periods.
- Most abbreviations are avoided (for example: Corporation, Suite, Street, Avenue).
- Use full phrase or full name of product or company in initial use (follow with acronym in parentheses). Spell out in all uses where there is possibility of confusion.
- Put a space on either side of a long (em) dash.
- We do not use footnotes on our pages. Make an identifying reference to the source in the text, and create a separate list of references to accompany the article. References are placed in a list box using a standard bibliographic style.
- Titles of books and magazines are italicized; titles of software are not.
- Words in languages other than English are italicized.
- Software commands, Java strings and Java classes are in italics.
- Avoid where possible. Use dash or create a separate sentence if you can.
- Use % symbol.
- Use commas as sparingly as possible.
- Commas in a series or list: do not use comma before “and” or “or” except to avoid confusion.
- Semicolons in a series or list: use semicolon before “and” or “or.”
- Follow Associated Press style.
Spacing of Paragraphs
- Do not use tabs at the beginning of a new paragraph. Separate paragraphs by
an extra line of spacing.
Spacing of Text
- Use one space between sentences.
- Use US rather than British spellings (localization not localisation)
- Use Courier font if available to indicate software code, HTML or XML tags and so on.
- Indicate Java classes, methods and so on, use italics.
- Unicode addresses and standards are put in capitals and full-size numbers.
- Omit the http:// except where the remaining URL would not begin with www.
For Industry Terms, please reference our Glossary.