What is a style sheet?
- numbers, dates and times
- capitalisation and hyphenation
- preferred words, and words to avoid.
Why do I need a style sheet?
- find yourself checking the dictionary for the spelling of the same words over and over again
- are unsure when to capitalise or hyphenate some words
- have several people contributing to newsletters, marketing materials or blog articles.
The –ize ending
- Do you offer free delivery in the U.K. or the UK?
- Are some of your clients V.I.P.s or VIPs?
- Do you have a head office in the US, the U.S., the USA or the U.S.A.?
- Do you have a B.Sc. or a BSc, a Ph.D. or a PhD?
the chairman, the president, the police but
Chairman Mao, President Obama, Police Scotland
- use WORDS for numbers up to and including ten.
- use NUMERALS for 11 and above.
Twelve years later, I met him again.
23rd August 2016
23rd August, 2016
August 23, 2016
23 August 2016
Preferred words and words to avoid
- avoiding pronouns such as he or she, or s/he, and using singular they in their place.
- using chairperson rather than chairman or chairwoman
- referring to non-specialist rather than layman
- talking about work hours as opposed to man hours on a project.
Are good spelling and grammar really that important for my website?
There are many different style guides you can consult.
Which one you choose to follow will depending on your sector and your audience.
Here are a few of my favourites.
A handy booklet full of excellent advice on establishing your own house style. Available from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders eitherin print or as a PDF.
One of the leading authorities on style in British English. Available from Amazon.
Although an American publication, this is also a comprehensive resource if you write in British English. Available from Amazon.