Spelling conventions

To ensure consistency across all the University's web pages, there are terms and styles which should be used when appropriate.

Common words used on University sites

  • International students, not Overseas Students.
    Exceptions include "Education Services for Overseas Students" and "Overseas Student Health Cover", both of which are proper names.
  • Current Students
  • StaffNet, not Staffnet.
  • studentConnect, not Studentconnect.
  • WebCT, not Webct.
  • Further information in right column headings, not "More information" or "Additional information".

Names of faculties and schools sometimes undergo change - make sure you're up-to-date with these. Do you still refer to UWA "departments" on your site?

  • program, not programme.
  • "ise" instead of "ize" in verbs, such as organise and harmonise.
  • "our" instead of "or" words, such as colour and favour.

However, in case of proper names, use the original as in World Health Organization, Technicolor.

Login forms

  • Login or Login to [service name] should be in the sandstone banner. While not the friendliest, it is a universally used and recognised term.
  • The explanatory text should read: "Please login using your UWA Person ID (staff, student or visitor number) and Pheme password."
  • The login fields should be labelled UWA Person ID and Password

Other style and spelling formats to observe

  • Italicise references to published material such as reports, books, Acts, movies.
  • Date, time, currency, telephone and location information should take into account the geographic location of users.
  • Spell out references to the month (1 January 2002).
  • Spell out numbers between one and nine.
  • Quote fees and costs in Australian Dollars (for example, AUD$100).
  • Avoid using abbreviations that may only be understood locally.
  • Avoid using abbreviation such as e.g., i.e., etc. Use "for example", "such as" and others.
  • The ampersand (&) should be avoided where possible. Do not include it in text.

Make sure you understand the difference between its (singular ownership) and it's (an abbreviated form of "it is").