Explain acronyms and abbreviations carefully

Acronyms and abbreviations must be used sparingly - and even then, with care! Remember, the user may not be familiar with the acronym or abbreviation used.

How to use acronyms and abbreviations in web pages

The first instance needs to be written in full with the acronym or abbreviation following in brackets. Subsequent appearances on the same web page do not then need to be explained.

  • Don't say: "The NDA is responsible for the implementation of deficit disorder monitoring. The NDA will..."
  • Do say: "The National Drugs Administration (NDA) is responsible for the implementation of deficit disorder monitoring. The NDA will monitor..."

Acronyms and abbreviations in "See also"

Acronyms and abbreviations can also be applied on the "See also" links panel provided that the full title has already been provided in the main body of text.

This page was last updated on 23 March 2011

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