June 25 2011

Writing in a technological age

by Barbie in Style

As I renewed my annual subscription to the AP Stylebook recently, I noticed some interesting changes in AP standards. AP Style has eliminated the hyphen from “email,” and words like “cellphone” and “smartphone” are now one word. Different style guides have different standards for such technological terms, so it can be hard to keep up. In fact, some clients I work for use “website” as one word, while others use “Web site,” two words and initial capped.

Now that these terms are staples in our lexicon, we might find style guides agreeing on how to spell these words. Or, we can at least hope we do. In the meantime, we have to refer to our trusty style guides or dictionaries to find the right way to format these terms.