Style guide

Updates: Style guide

2017

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Added an example to the style of publication titles under 'Capitalisation'.

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Added advice to not use semi-colons, including at the end of bullet points.

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Removed entry on Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay.

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Added our hierarchy of fallback style guides to 'about the A to Z'.

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Updated ampersand entry. Use an ampersand in a company's name if that's how it appears on the Companies House register.

2016

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Changed style from 'Wi-Fi' to 'wifi' to match common usage.

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Added entry for 'data'.

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Removed semicolons as a way of expanding on an item in bulleted lists.

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Expanded information under capitalisation to include 'autumn statement and spring statement'.

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Added an entry for 'N/A' (as in 'not applicable').

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Added information for 'budget' under 'Capitalisation'.

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Added 'webchat' to the A to Z.

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Added more information about when to use 'midnight' and when to use '11:59pm' to refer to a specific time.

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Removed or replaced all instances of eg, ie and etc (except for the entries on eg, ie and etc). Stripped out inverted commas where it doesn't harm comprehension.

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Updated style guidance for 'eg, etc and ie'

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Added 'log book' and 'sat nav'.

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Measurements: allowing exceptions for very specialist audiences
Changed: ###online services Lower case unless part of a proper noun. HMRC Online Services should be upper case when referred to in full. Equally if you want to refer to a named service, it should be upper case, eg ‘Submit your company tax return using Corporation Tax Online’. To: ###online services Lower case unless part of a proper noun. HMRC Online Services should be upper case when referred to in full. Equally if you want to refer to a named service, it should be upper case, eg 'Submit your Company Tax Return using Corporation Tax Online'. Changed: ###tax returns Upper case the first time they are mentioned (for example: ‘Company Tax Return’, ‘Partnership Tax Return’, ‘Employer Annual Return’). After that refer to them in full, or if it’s clear what you’re referring to, simply as a ‘return’. General references to tax return are always in lower case. When referring to the legal requirement we use ‘deliver’ or ‘file’ the return. Online, we say ‘submit’ the return. For Self Assessment (paper or online) use ‘send’ or ‘file’ the return. ‘Send’ is better. To: ###tax returns Upper case when referring to proper titles for the first time (for example: ‘Company Tax Return’, ‘Partnership Tax Return’, ‘Employer Annual Return’). Use ‘Self Assessment tax return’ at first mention, as it’s not a proper title. After that refer to them in full, or if it’s clear what you’re referring to, simply as a ‘return’. General references to tax return are always in lower case. When referring to the legal requirement we use ‘deliver’ or ‘file’ the return. Online, we say ‘submit’ the return. For Self Assessment (paper or online) use ‘send’ or ‘file’ the return. ‘Send’ is better. Changed: ###Self Assessment tax return Use ‘Self Assessment tax return’ the first time it’s mentioned on a page. After that use ‘tax return’. To: ###Self Assessment tax return See tax returns.

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Modified entries for 'the Earth' and 'tax credits'.

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ADDED ###National Living Wage Upper case. ADDED ###National Minimum Wage Upper case.

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Included guidance on using 'sign in' vs 'log in'.
Feedback
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2015

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Added guidance about brackets and plurals.

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Added guidance about using bold.

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Added lower case and upper case style under Statistics

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Added '6 hours 30 minutes' under Times. Added statement not to use spaces before abbreviated measurements under Measurements. Added not to label email addresses under Email addresses.

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Changed wi-fi to WiFi

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Added new entry for Statistics with a link to the ONS style guide (http://style.ons.gov.uk/).
Added The Crown, the Royal Family, the Civil Service, Parliament, byelaw, schoolchildren, and em and en dashes.

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Department for Education changed 'priority school building programme' to lower case.

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Change notes added.

2014

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Added 'agile', 'Scrum' and 'kanban' to the A to Z list.

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Added the link to Great Britain from the Britain section.

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