It reflects the majority vote of the editorial board, the governing body of the newspaper made up of editors and business managers. It is usually unsigned.
Terminology[ edit ] An initialism is usually formed from some or all of the initial letters of words in a phrase.
An acronym is sometimes considered to be an initialism which is pronounced as a word e. NATOas distinct from the case where the initialism is said as a string of individual letters e.
Herein, the term acronym applies collectively to initialisms, without distinction that an acronym is said as a word.
Do not edit-war over these terms. If using more precise terms like word acronym and initialism, please link to Acronym Nomenclaturewhere they are explained for readers.
Formation and usage[ edit ] Capitalisation: Some acronyms are written with all capital letters, some with a mixture of capitals and lower-case letters and some are written as common nouns e. Acronyms whose letters are pronounced individually are written in capitals.
For more guidance on the capitalisation of acronyms, see Wikipedia: The letters of acronyms should not be spaced. Plural acronyms are written with a lower-case s after the abbreviation, without an apostrophe, unless full points are used between the letters e. Note that Wikipedia generally avoids using full point in upper-case acronyms.
Do not apply italics, boldfacing, underlining, or other highlighting to the letters in the expansion of an acronym that correspond to the letters in the acronym, as in BX Base Exchange.
It is not necessary to state that an acronym is an acronym. Our readers should not be browbeaten with the obvious. If there is an article about the subject of an acronym e.
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Unless specified in the " Exceptions " section below, an acronym should be written out in full the first time it is used on a page, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, e. Common exceptions to this rule are post-nominal initials because writing them out in full would cause clutter.
Another exception is when something is most commonly known by its acronym i.
To save space in small spaces defined aboveacronyms do not need to be written out in full. When not written out in full on the first use on a page, an acronym should be linked. An unambiguous acronym can be linked as-is, but an ambiguous acronym should be linked to its expansion. For partial acronyms formed using the now-rare convention of including whole short words in them, do not blindly "normalise" them to typical current style, but write each as found in the majority of modern reliable sources.
The Billiard Association of America was known as BA of A; while this should not be written as unsourceable variations like BAofA or BAA, the awkwardness of the abbreviation to modern eyes can be reduced by replacing the full-width spaces with thin-space characters: Exceptions[ edit ] Countries and multinational unions[ edit ] For these commonly-referred-to entities, the full name does not need to be written out in full on first use, nor provided on first use in parentheses after the full name if written out.A basic editorial style guide includes: A short blurb about your company’s mission or tagline (including how to use both if applicable) Your company’s dictionary of choice (writers will default to this when they’re unsure how to spell or hyphenate a word not in your word .
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