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 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").