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House style – Part 2

In part 1 I considered why a house style is necessary for a business – for reasons of consistency, brand identity, and economy. Here I will cover a few areas that should be considered based on UK English usage Writing a house style • Abbreviations, acronyms, and contractions: A common style for abbreviations is capital […]

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Tips for writers: Writing reports part 2. How to achieve consistency of style

In part 1 of Writing reports I discussed the importance of creating a simple and appealing visual appearance using several techniques, and in part 2 I discuss consistency of style. It is important to maintain a consistent style so as not to confuse or annoy the reader. By ‘style’ I mean the following factors:

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Overcapitalization: It’s a capital offence

This is not a campaign to bring back capital punishment but a discussion on the wrongful overuse of capital letters in text. Why does it matter? Excessive use of capital letters in a text can give it a ‘bitty’, busy, or disjointed appearance, making it more difficult and time consuming for the reader to work […]